Honda has showcased its small car concept at the Auto Expo to compete against arch rival Toyota’s small car Etios.
Based on a completely new platform, the small car (code: 2CV) will be an entry level compact car that will be four meters long with an engine similar to the 1.2-litre motor of the Jazz. Honda is working on a 3-cylinder version of the same motor, but without the VTEC technology.
The car has dynamic LED headlamps and the designers have tried to maintain the strong Honda family look.
Expected for an early 2011 launch, the ‘2CV’ will boast of cutting-edge technology that would help return good fuel economy. Honda is hopeful of producing a car that will be the most economical car in its segment.
While Honda has completely denied a diesel engine for its small car, the company has hinted towards a Hybrid version of the '2CV', following feasibility reports.
Interior packaging on the car is expected to be in line with the Jazz, so expect it to be high on comfort and space. Fitted with safety features like ABS and Airbags, Honda wants to tactfully price its new small car and a target of under Rs 5lakh.