Honda to showcase BR-V and latest-gen Accord slated for India at the Auto Expo 2016 in February besides Jazz Racing Concept and McLaren Honda MP4-30 F1 car
Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) has laid bare its plans for the Auto Expo 2016 that will include concepts, current production models and exhibition pieces besides Indian reveal of the new generation BR-V crossover utility vehicle. The Asia’s biggest motor show is a biennial event held at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida in February.
The Japanese manufacturer’s lineup will see the premiere of BR-V crossover which Honda says has a combination of SUV’s performance with the spacious nature of an Utility Vehicle. The seven-seater crossover made its global debut at the 2015 GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show last August and is expected to grace showrooms around mid-2016 in India.
It will contest against Renault Duster, Mahindra XUV500, Hyundai Creta and Nissan Terrano at a likely price range between Rs. 8.3 lakh and Rs. 12.5 Lakh. The new-gen BR-V could pave the way for Honda’s revival in the Indian market which endured a downturn in sales performance in 2015 compared to the previous year.
Built on the extended Brio platform shared by the Mobilio MPV and Amaze sedan, the new crossover is more likely to be powered by the established 1.5-litre iVTEC petrol unit and a 1.5-litre iDTEC diesel engine. It gets styling cues from the Mobilio MPV, whose popularity had certainly decreased gradually in the concluded year, and will follow new Active Solid Motion design language.
The latest generation of the Honda Accord premium sedan will also be on display at the Auto Expo as the company confirmed to be resurrecting the model in India which was discontinued citing poor sales in 2013 as Honda decided to focus on lower segments with Amaze, Brio and Jazz. The upgraded India-bound Accord broke cover for the US market last July and it came along with tweaked styling, additional features and technical changes including a hybrid powertrain.
The Japanese car maker has christened its booth as “Accelerate with Honda” and its space will be occupied by existing production models Brio, Jazz, Amaze, City, Mobilio and CR-V. Alongside those models, Honda Jazz Racing Concept, Honda Project 2&4 powered by RC213V inspired by the iconic Honda RA 272 F1 racer competed in 1965 and helped Richie Ginther win Mexican GP, ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) humanoid robot and 2016 Honda Goldwing luxurious motorcycle will also greet the stands.
The McLaren-Honda MP4-30 that harbingered the arrival of Honda in Formula One last year after nearly a decade and rekindled the iconic relationship with McLaren that won the indomitable late great Ayrton Senna three world championships in 1988, 1990 and 1991 will also attract the huge crowds at the motor show.