Honda Cars India is at the verge of launching the latest iteration of Jazz premium hatchback in India. Talking to media, Jnaneswar Sen, Senior VP, Marketing and Sales, HCI, stated that Jazz will be the only launch this fiscal.
He also confirmed that 2016 Honda Accord will launched in first half of 2016, hinting that it could be the first launch by the company next year. The renewed attempt D-segment with a sedan is not going to be an easy task since INR 20-25 lakh segment in India is increasingly tilting in favor of SUVs.
Current gen Accord which world premiered in 2013 is due for a facelift in international markets and we expect the updated version to be made available in India. New Accord would still continue to be a petrol-only model. Indian government’s green-vehicle friendly schemes like NEMMP 2020 (National Electric Mobility Mission Plan) and FAME (Faster Adaption and Manufacturing of Electric vehicles) should prompt Honda to launch hybrid variant as well. It’s primary rival Toyota Camry sees roughly 70% of its Indian sales from locally assembled hybrid variant.
Standard 2016 Honda Accord for India would be powered by a 2.4-litre 185 PS i-VTEC motor while hybrid is expected to employ a 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle engine, coupled to an electric motor to produce 196 PS.
Price range is estimated to be between INR 23-28 lakhs (ex-showroom), assuming it will be assembled locally.
Via – EconomicTimes.com