Honda Evaluates Safari & Alcazar Rivaling 7-Seater SUV For India

Honda is expected to launch a compact SUV in India by mid-2023, while a midsize five-seater SUV is expected to debut in early 2024.


Honda’s midsize and compact SUV plans have been the subject of speculation for the last couple of years. Unlike many mainstream carmakers, it does not have a presence in the popular segments. Honda’s portfolio shrank to Amaze, City and WR-V after the closure of its Greater Noida plant and discontinuation of CR-V and Civic.

Since the Amaze and City garner strong sales every month, Honda’s majority of sales volume comes from sedans, unlike most automakers. As of a few weeks ago, the Japanese automaker expanded the midsize sedan’s lineup with a strong hybrid model, while the facelifted Amaze was launched in India last year.

Honda is working on adding two all-new SUVs to its lineup, according to a recent report on the internet. One is a sub-four-metre SUV that will take on Hyundai Venue, Kia Sonet, Renault Kiger, Nissan Magnite, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300 while the other will be a midsize SUV internally codenamed 3RA.

Codenamed 3US, the compact SUV is rumored to have a 1.2-litre hybrid petrol engine, a 1.5-litre diesel engine, and a larger 1.5-litre petrol engine. It will the first to arrive by the middle of this year while the midsize SUV is expected to hit the market in early 2014. The five-seater 3RA will likely measure 4.3 metres in length and it will borrow engines from the City.

In a similar manner to the compact SUV, it will also be based on the updated platform of the Amaze. It will have Honda’s new electronic architecture and screen system and thus a large touchscreen infotainment system with the latest connectivity features can be expected. Furthermore, it could boast a hybrid powertrain more tailored to the urban environment.

Honda is believed to be evaluating six- and seven-seater variants after the five-seater, and they could compete against Tata Safari, MG Hector Plus and Hyundai Alcazar. Having a wider presence in the midsize space will certainly help in appealing to a larger band of audience and Honda is targeting 4,100 unit sales per month with the SUV.

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