Honda to launch 7-seater BR-V in May, Accord during the festive season
Honda Car India Ltd is emerging as a strong player in the Indian car market and has plans to launch two cars before 2016 ends, BR-V being one of them. The seven-seater SUV was first unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and it was also hinted that BR-V will be one of the important products for the Indian car market. The promising SUV was even showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. Sharing the platform with the Amaze, Brio and Mobilio, BR-V will most probably be offered with petrol as well as diesel engines.
The tried and tested i-VTEC 1.5-L petrol unit that powers the Honda Mobilio and City will power the BR-V; the diesel engine on the other hand will be i-DTECH 1.5-L unit. The petrol engine will churn out 119 PS whereas the diesel unit will bang out 100 PS. Expect both the engines to feature a 5-speed manual transmission along with Honda`s famous CVT available as an option on the petrol variant. It is however quite unlikely for the diesel BR-V to come with an automatic gearbox. Expected to hit the domestic market in May, it will be seen locking horns with the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. Prices for the new Honda car are expected to be in the Rs. 8 to 14 lakh range.
The last generation Honda Accord unfortunately couldn’t charm the customers and as a result was taken off the assembly line in the first quarter of 2014. Not forgetting its excellent past record, Honda is bringing back the new Accord after two years with a promise to offer the best which earlier attributed to the success of luxury sedan. The all-new Accord was unveiled at 2016 Auto Expo and is expected to launch around Diwali this year. Expect the new-gen Accord to get its juice from a four-cylinder 2.0-L unit which will be mated to a hybrid system. It will be offered just as a hybrid and will come mated to a CVT gearbox, chances of manual version is also quite possible. When launched it will lock horns with its most formidable rival, the Toyota Camry.[Honda BR-V image credit – Gaadiwaadi]