Honda Crider sedan could influence the design of the next-gen City sedan
Honda has recently re-introduced the popular Civic nameplate in the Indian market. Moreover, the company has already started working on the next-generation City sedan. The new model is scheduled to make debut by the end of this year, while India launch will take place in the first quarter of 2020. What’s interesting is that Honda has patented the premium Crider sedan in India.
For people not in the know, Honda Crider sedan is currently on sale in the Chinese market. This sedan was introduced to fill the gap between the City and Civic in China. First unveiled at the Auto Shanghai Show in April 2013, the Crider was specifically developed for the Chinese market. However, this premium sedan has the potential to do well in other Asian markets as well.
Honda Crider Sedan Patent Images
The Crider is basically a more upmarket and bigger version of the City sedan. The design is heavily influenced with the bigger Accord sedan. It features Honda’s new design philosophy with design highlights include prominent chromed grille, full LED headlamps, and big bumper with large air-intake. Aggressive creases and curves all around the body give it a sporty profile. The coupe-like sloping roofline seems identical to the new Civic sedan.
The Honda Crider is patented in India, which suggest that the Japanese brand could use the design highlights for the next-generation City sedan. It is quite early to comment whether Honda will launch this sedan in India to fill the void between City and Civic sedan. Honda already has a strong sedan lineup, starting from Amaze sub-4 meter to the Accord hybrid, for the Indian market. Honda will have to smartly place this model as it could impact the sales of City and Civic.
We strongly believe that this model could only arrive as a testing bed for the next-gen City sedan. The reason is that the Crider is based on the City’s platform, though it is around 92mm longer, 54mm wider and 4mm taller than the smaller sibling. Media reports also claim that the new City will grow in size to create more space inside the cabin.
The next-generation Honda City will have better quality fit and finish and material quality. The sedan will be equipped with several modern day features including a new touchscreen infotainment with modern-day connectivity features. It will be powered by the BSVI compliant 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. Honda is also working on the hybrid version of the City sedan, which is expected to be launched in late 2020 or early 2021.
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