The Honda Concept C has been making a lot of news since some time. The production spec Concept C, which will cater to the fast developing D+ segment of the Chinsese car market, will make its official debut at the Auto Shanghai 2013 that will begin in a few hours.
The upcoming D+ segment sedan will slot in between the Civic and the Accord in the car maker’s product portfolio and would be the chief rival to the upcoming Hyundai Mingtu aka Sonata Lite.
The production model of the Concept C has been named as the Honda Crider and images of the new car have leaked a few hours before the official debut. Just in case you are wondering what the name could mean, allow yours truly to tell you that it has been derived from the words, “Criteria” and “Dream”.
The new Honda Crider will be built by Guangzhou-Honda joint venture and we won’t be too surprised if the JV soon starts exporting this car to certain markets.
Powering the Crider is a 1.8 litre petrol engine that will come with two transmission options- a 5-speed manual and an automatic gearbox. The car might also get a 2.0 litre engine but more details won’t be available before the official debut.
The new Honda Crider stays quite true to the Concept C and gets a heavily chromed front grill that would probably appeal to Chinese car buyers. The car also has a loud set of headlamps that seems to have got quite an overdose of LEDs. We like the car in profile view, in which the car does seem to have a slight resemblance with some of the other Honda sedans. The car has a swooping roofline which helps in imparting a hint of sportiness to the design. At the rear, the car comes with wrap around tail lights that might not appeal to all.
Overall, we feel that the car looks well proportioned and the design cues from the Concept C are clearly evident. Nothing is yet known about the interiors but stay tuned to this space for more details on the new Honda Crider D+ segment sedan.