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New Delhi: Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) plans to launch an all-new SUV in the Indian markets in the Rs 12-15 lakh range as it finalises plans for the HR-V off-roader, the Times of India said in a report.

“It is (HR-V) one of Honda’s successful models across many markets and this is being studied for India. We are receiving a lot of enquiries… and are making an assessment. It can be one of the options for India as we reinforce our SUV portfolio here,” the TOI report quoted Yoichiro Ueno, president and CEO of Honda Cars India as saying.

The HR-V may be available in both petrol and diesel options —1.5-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel. “The market is shifting to SUVs and we are strongly following the trend,” the report quoted Ueno as saying.

HCIL, which has sold nearly 1.8 lakh cards last year, has lined-up three new cars over the coming year. It plans to launch an all-new Amaze, a complete makeover when compared to the outgoing model. The model will be the first to be launched and may be priced around Rs 5.5 lakh. It will come with engine options like 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel.

The new Amaze, which was showcased at the Auto Expo 2018, comes with several facelifts and seems to slightly mirror the premium Civic in terms of styling. The car also seems larger than the previous model, but the unique design seems to have the potential to woo buyers.

Apart from the Amaze, the company will also bring back two of its formidable models — the Civic premium sedan and the CR-V luxury SUV, the TOI report added. HCIL had phased out Civic in 2013 after sluggish demand, but the company now feels that its new generation version will give a leg-up to its numbers in the market.

“The Civic will be driven in later this year, and this will be placed over the City sedan,” the TOI report quoted Ueno as saying. The new Civic is expected to be priced around Rs 14 lakh, and will compete primarily with the Toyota Altis and Skoda Octavia. The model is expected to carry a 1.8-litre petrol engine and a 1.6-litre diesel.

The CR-V — though still available in a limited range — gets a fresh focus with the launch of the new-gen version, and will be unveiled in diesel for the first time ever. “We have been on the fringe of the luxury SUV market as we never had a diesel engine. Now, the new car will come with a 1.6-litre diesel while there will be a choice between a 2-litre and a 2.4-litre engine in petrol. It is still being finalised,” the TOI report quoted Ueno as saying.

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