Honda is believed to have confirmed that its new mid-size SUV will be making its global debut in India during the month of June 2023. While the brand is entering one of the most competitive segments in the country fairly late, it hopes to make up for it with its new offering. The new SUV gets an attractive design, feature-loaded cabin, and will be priced aggressively. Will it be the big hit that Honda really needs in India? We take a closer look.
Honda Mid-Size SUV: Exterior Design and Interior Features
Honda’s mid-size SUV has an imposing and eye-catching design. The front end features a flat and wide bonnet with slim LED headlights alongside DRLs flanking the large grille. Move to the side and you will notice flared wheel arches, front and rear raked windscreens, chrome surrounds on the windowline, and roof rails. While the rear provides LED tail lights that look similar to recently revealed new WR-V, a boot lid spoiler, and a faux skid plate.
The upcoming SUV’s interior is yet to be revealed, expect Honda to pack it with features such as a large free-standing infotainment system, digital instrument cluster, sunroof, ventilated front seats, ambient lighting, wireless charging, a 360-degree camera and more.
Honda Mid-Size SUV: Powertrain Details
The New Honda SUV will likely be powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine similar to the one seen in the City. The company is expected to increase the motor’s power output to compensate for the SUV’s added weight. The engine would be featuring twin camshafts instead of a single camshaft, allowing for greater flexibility in tuning. The 1.5-litre petrol unit will be the only powertrain choice at the time of launch while a strong-hybrid option may be offered later. Transmission choice will include a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic gearbox.
Honda Mid-Size SUV: Launch Date, Price, and Rivals
Following the global reveal in June 2023, the new SUV is expected to be launched in India by the end of this year and will be priced around Rs 12 lakh - Rs 19 lakh (ex-showroom). While the new model is being produced in India to keep costs low, Honda is likely to price it a slight premium over its competition. Speaking of which, the mid-SUV will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Hector, Škoda Kushaq and Maruti Grand Vitara in India.