The company also unveiled the All New 5th generation Honda CR-V and the 10th generation Honda Civic, which makes a comeback to the Indian market. Both these models are scheduled to be launched in FY 2018-19.
Honda CR-V is a popular model amongst petrol premium SUVs, and this is the first time that it will be introduced with a diesel powertrain. The SUV boasts of a lifetime sales of over 9.4 million units worldwide, across more than 160 countries. The new CR-V comes with bold new styling featuring LED headlights and tail lights, LED Daytime Running Lights, a sharp-lined front grille enhancing a stronger look, and new sporty-designed alloy wheels. The interior is spacious and offers optional third-row seating.
The globally acclaimed Civic will also be introduced in both petrol & diesel in India. Civic is Honda’s longest-running automotive nameplate with cumulative world-wide sales of 24 million. It is Honda’s largest-selling model globally. Available in 170 markets worldwide, it has been consistently raising the bar for design innovation, driving performance & fuel-efficiency. With its athletic stance and advanced aerodynamic styling, the 10th Generation sedan boasts a youthful, premium and sporty new style. The interior features high quality materials & design lines in a spacious cabin.
The theme at the Honda Pavilion this time is ‘Future Forward’. Some futuristic environment friendly technologies and upcoming models are on display, which include Honda Sports EV Concept and Honda NeuV. Both electric vehicles are concept models and explore the potential of mobility through automated technologies and artificial intelligence. The NeuV is even capable of making judgements about the driver’s state of stress based on facial expressions and/or tone of voice and provides assistance to support safe driving. It can also map the driver’s lifestyle & preferences, and provide suggestions accordingly.
The Clarity Fuel Cell is also on display, which is Honda’s most advanced Zero Emission Vehicle. Honda was one of the first automakers to focus on hydrogen as a possible alternative fuel and Clarity Fuel Cell is the first fuel cell sedan to house the entire stack underneath the bonnet, making the cabin spacious enough to carry five occupants.
Other displays include UNI-CUB β (beta), a personal mobility device featuring the world’s first omni-directional driving wheel system and Honda SENSING, which is a new suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies that can help sense things you might miss while driving. It detects and avoids situations such as one-car accidents, collisions, pedestrian injuries, and missed road signs.
Current models from the portfolio including the advanced Accord Hybrid, Honda City, Honda WR-V, Honda BR-V, Honda Jazz and Honda Brio are also on display.