In this article, let’s take a look at the top 5 upcoming cars and SUVs from Honda and Hyundai.
1. Honda City
Honda Cars India is all set to launch the new and updated Honda City to the Indian market. The sedan was completely revealed by a YouTuber ahead of launch.
The new City will get redesigned front bumper with a honeycomb grille. The sedan also gets re-designed 16-inch alloy wheels and the overall silhouette remains the same. At back, the car gets a lip spoiler with an integrated diffuser in the rear bumper.
The dashboard layout remains the same as before, it features a dual-tone theme with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with updated UI. The car now gets a semi-digital instrument cluster. Other features include automatic climate control, ventilated seats, an electric sunroof and many more.
The new Honda City will get Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). It gets adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, and auto high beam. Honda calls this Honda sensing and these are already on offer with Honda City e: HEV.
Talking about the powertrain, the City will no longer be available diesel powertrains. The sedan gets a 1.5-litre V-TEC petrol engine with 121 PS of power and 145 Nm of torque. Gearbox options include a 6-speed manual and a CVT gearbox.
2. Hyundai Verna
Hyundai recently revealed that it will be launching the new Verna on March 21 st 2022. The prices for the new Verna are expected to start from Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom). When launched it will continue to compete with VW Virtus, Skoda Slavia, Honda City and Maruti Ciaz.
The new Verna features a connecting split-headlamp setup at the front with a large grille. Moving to the sides, the new Verna gets some strong character lines inspired by Tucson SUV. The sedan is also expected to get 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. At the rear, the Verna gets connecting tail lamps with an integrated rear diffuser.
Talking about the powertrain, the Verna will be offered with two powertrain options – a 1.5-litre NA petrol motor that puts out 115 PS and 144 Nm, and a new 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine which could put out around 160 PS of maximum power and 253 Nm of peak torque.
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3. Hyundai Ai3 Micro SUV
Hyundai is working on introducing a small SUV to rival Tata Punch and Maruti Ignis. The SUV was recently spied testing on international soil.
Hyundai’s Ai3 micro SUV will be based on the same platform that underpins the newly launched Grand i10 Nios and the Aura. The Micro SUV is expected to measure around 3.7-3.8 meters in length. In terms of design, the Ai3 gets design cues borrowed from Venue. It features a split headlamp setup.
Moving on to the side, the Ai3 gets 15-inch dual-tone alloy wheels and the front fenders and the front door look similar to the Hyundai Casper. At the back, it seems to have an angular design for its tail lamps. The car also features a sunroof and it is expected that Hyundai will offer more upmarket features compared to its rivals.
Talking about the powertrain, the Ai3 is expected to be powered by the 1.2-litre NA VTVT Petrol engine that also powers up the Venue, Grand i10 and Aura. This engine produces 68 bhp of power and 95 Nm of torque. Hyundai might also offer a CNG variant with the Ai3.
4. Honda’s new compact SUV
Honda cars India shared a small tester of their upcoming compact SUV. The SUV was also spied testing on Indian roads recently hinting that the launch is imminent. When launched, the SUV will take on established players in the segment such as Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Maruti Grace Vitara and Toyota Hyryder.
When spotted, the SUV was heavily camouflaged so it’s hard to tell it’s design cues. The SUV is expected to get a split grille at the front with LED headlamps and DRLs. It is also expected to get 17-inch diamond cut alloy wheels and at the rear it’s expected to get wraparound taillamps.
Talking about the powertrain, the SUV is expected to get same engine options as the 5th generation Honda City – a 1.5-litre V-TEC petrol engine and a 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle strong Hybrid petrol engine.
5. Hyundai Creta facelift
Hyundai launched the face-lifted Hyundai Creta to the international markets in 2022. It was expected that the new Creta will make its debut at the Delhi Auto Expo. However, the company did not showcase the SUV. And now it is expected that Hyundai might launch the face-lifted Creta by the end of 2023 or in early 2024.
Talking about the exterior, the updated Creta will get a large parametric grille with intergrated DRLs inspired by Tucson SUV. The SUV gets a redesigned tailgate with boomerang-shaped LED taillights and newly designed 17-inch alloy wheels.
Moving on to the interior, the cabin layout will remain the same as before but the new Creta will receive a new colour scheme. The car gets a larger infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and it also gets a fully digital instrument cluster similar to the Alcazar.
It is expected that the updated Creta might get ADAS suite to make it much more safer. Features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic collision, blind spot monitor, autonomous emergency braking with forward collision avoidance and more.
Talking about the powertrain, the new Creta is expected to be powered by the same set of engines – a 1.5-litre turbo diesel, 1.5-litre NA petrol and a new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine.