With its elegant and innovative engineering, Honda was a brand which set trends in the automobile world. The manufacturer however in the last few years has struggled both in India and internationally because of the lack of diesel engines and interesting designs and options. Their cars indeed represent class-leading refinement and sophistication but Honda models are no longer the class leaders and have been upstaged by their Japanese rivals and also by Hyundai and the Germans. At the 2012 Beijing Auto Show Honda showcased two concepts and one of them, the concept S, could end up being the production version of the Honda Jazz. Though the styling right now is more on the lines of a MPV or a large hatchback, the concept S could well become the next Jazz and could make it into India by 2014.
Honda has made no bones about the concept S being aimed at the global market even though China is planned to be the launch market for a production S. According to Honda’s official press release S stands for “Stylish,” “Smart” and “Surprise.” The styling of the concept S is bold and looks far more aggressive than previous concepts. The Concept S comes with a completely new grille, slit LED front lights and a swooping hood. At the rear the tail lights merge with the rear window and there is a chrome strip running along the bottom of the boot lid. The thin headlights like on the Civic gives the concept a sleek look. The concept S has distinctive wheels, an intricate design and there are diamond-shaped lights on the front and rear bumper. The design features a one-box layout with a long wheelbase and a short front end.
The car has a spacious cabin with smart packaging which is one of the strengths of Honda. The low beltline enhances passenger visibility and the cabin luminosity.
Honda has already confirmed that, they will launch their compact active sports crossover SUV BR-V at the upcoming 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo. Honda CR-V couldn’t fetch good fortune for the Japanese company in India. Therefore the brand is trying to get a fare share of the highly competitive compact SUV segment of Indian market with their latest offering BR-V.
Before that, the muscular car has been officially launched in Indonesia. This car is based on “active solid motion” theme. The butch looking compact SUV adorns Honda signature thick chrome grille with the Honda logo at the centre. The headlamps are garnished with LED strip light. The fog lamps got chrome treatment too. The car also sports features like electrically folding ORVMs with integrated side indicators, roof rails, rear roof spoiler and 16 inch alloy wheels. Inside the cabin the car gets a sporty look in form of an all black colour tone, LED instrument panel with blue-black lighting, a 6.1 inch touchscreen infotainment system. The Japanese brand also claims, this car will offer ample room to the occupants.
The BR-V gets power from a 1.5 litre 4 cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine mated to either a 6 speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox. The powertrain churns out 122 PS peak power at 6600 rpm and 145 Nm peak torque at 4600 rpm. Honda is considering a diesel variant for Indian market, which might come in form of a 1.5 litre i-DTEC engine. In Indonesia Honda BR-V is priced at IDR. 226.5 million, which is equivalent to INR. 10.93 lakhs. Honda Indonesia has launched a TVC in their official YouTube channel, which reveals the exterior and interior details of the car. Check it here.