The second-largest Japanese car brand in India is all set to target for the introduction of hybrid cars in India. The Honda cars will make a shift with hybrid first instead of directly going to EV from petrol and diesel.
Honda Jazz Hybrid to launch next year in India
As at current, there is not enough charging facility available in India. Until India achieves this, EVs continues to remain in a niche segment. Until these facilities available in India, Honda will go for hybrid car production. The company’s first hybrid car, 3rd generation, Jazz premium hatchback will be launch in India next year.
The 2020 Honda Jazz will have a petrol mild-hybrid powertrain and is expected to be followed by the 5th generation city C-segment Sedan next year. Jazz will be officially unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show later this year. In India, it will be launched next year at the 2020 Auto Expo.
Intelligent multi-mode drive (iMMD) hybrid car technology will be used
Jazz will be built with the intelligent multi-mode drive (iMMD) hybrid car technology which will be taken from the flagship Accord Hybrid sedan. But the unit used will be smaller.
The Accord is priced at Rs.43 lakhs and is the costliest car in Honda’s line up. It is a completely built unit (CBU). The jazz mild hybrid is expected to be a cheaper one starting price under Rs. 6.5 lakhs.
It will be built in India with more localization to make available it at lower prices. Apart from the petrol mild-hybrid powertrains, the car is expected to offer a 1.5-liter turbocharged diesel engine which will be BS6 compliant and may share with other honda cars.
Honda Motor Company
Honda Motor Company, President and Representative Director, Takahiro Hachigo, said that “We have set a goal to electrify two-thirds of our global automobile unit sales by 2030. In light of the required infrastructure and how people use automobiles, we believe hybrid technology is, at present, the most effective way for us to comply with CAFÉ (corporate average fuel economy) standards.”
“Therefore, we will electrify our products mainly with hybrids. To this end, Honda will expand the use of its iMMD (intelligent multi-mode drive) to our entire line up. In addition to the use of this technology in mid and large-sized vehicles, we developed a new more compact iMMD for smaller sizes. This technology will be adapted by the all-new Fit, which will be exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show,” he said.
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