Honda Accord and CR-V diesel India launch in 2015
Just when everybody thought that Honda Cars India will continue concentrating on entry level cars, and forget about their DNA-driven performance luxury cars, it has now emerged that they are planning to launch new Accord and CR-V with 1.6l diesel engine next year.
Honda India discontinued Accord in 2013 end. A reason was never stated, but it is believed that declining sales, and the launch of new cars in the segment was the culprit. Also, some buyers were now getting attracted to the luxury brands, which had started offering hatchbacks in the same price segment. All this, and production constraint after the launch of Amaze diesel, led to Honda discontinuing Accord in India.
But as the segment is there to grow, Honda would definitely not want to miss the chance on being present in the segment. With production capacity now sorted, and they reportedly planning on a third plant, it seems like 2015 is the year when Honda will re-launch Accord in India.
The new Accord will come with new naturally aspirated 2.4l petrol engine generating 177 bhp. This engine will be more responsive and economical as compared to the previous one. Apart from this, 2015 Accord will also feature electric power steering, increased cabin space, redesigned interiors, and a stronger chassis. A diesel engine will also be on offer, but this will be launched later.
The new 1.6l diesel engine of Honda is expected to make India debut in the CR-V next year. Honda 1.6l iDTEC is perfect for bigger cars, the size of Accord, Civic, and CR-V. It generates 118 hp power and 300 Nm torque.
Both these launches are yet to be confirmed from Honda. What they have confirmed, is the launch of Honda Mobilio in the coming weeks, and that of Jazz in Early 2015. Both these cars will be offered in diesel and petrol engine options, and are expected to add further growth to Honda Cars India sales in the country.
via Autocar India