As part of its plan to launch six new models in three years starting FY18-19, Honda will bring a new hybrid model that will be more volume-oriented.
At the beginning of 2018, Honda had revealed its plans to introduce six all-new cars in India by 2021, three of which were slated for FY18-19 – the second-gen Amaze, the new CR-V and the Civic. Now, shedding some light on the remaining three models, Honda has confirmed one of those will be a hybrid car for the masses.
Speaking on the sidelines of the launch of the new CR-V, Gaku Nakanishi, President and CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd., said the company is aiming to bring an affordable hybrid car by 2021.
“In the next three years, we will launch a mass-market, more affordable and volume-driven hybrid model”, said Nakanishi.
While he refused to be drawn into revealing more details, Nakanishi did mention that it will not be a high-cost, niche-oriented offering like the Accord Hybrid, which, at Rs 43.21 lakh (ex-showroom), is far too pricey for most.
“It will not be like the Accord Hybrid, and won’t sell in such few numbers; it won’t be a CR-V hybrid either, not so expensive”, Nakanishi added.
A mass-market offering would rule out Honda's more expensive cars, and is likely to be based on one of its volume-sellers – though which one that will be remains to be seen.
It's worth noting that Honda is already working on the next-generation Jazz (due late 2019) and the all-new City (due in 2020), and both cars are expected to get a hybrid powertrain option, and it could very well be one of those that Honda is including as part of its six new products by 2021 plan.
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