Honda is set to herald in a ‘New age of cutting’ for the 2020 season, with several new and updated products across five categories in its European Lawn & Garden range.
Most significantly, Honda will enter the cordless lawn mower market with the launch of two all-new premium models building on its renowned class-leading IZY platform. Carrying over the same qualities, build standards and traditional styling as IZY, the HRG416XB and HRG466XB ‘IZY-ON’ models will deliver exceptional performance even in demanding conditions, offering 4.5Nm and 6Nm of torque respectively. Both will feature a new brushless motor design, for optimum efficiency and contributing to noise ratings of just 91dB(A). The larger HRG466 model will also offer integrated on-off selective mulching – a first in the cordless lawn mower market.
Providing the power for the new cordless models will be a choice of three batteries – 4Ah, 6Ah and 9Ah – which make up the ‘Universal Battery System’ for Honda cordless products. Featuring class-leading ‘Thermo-Smart’ control technology to keep the battery cool even in demanding conditions and over long periods of use, these units offer high performance and long life, with the professional-grade 9Ah version capable of delivering up to 45A of current for heavy garden work, and fully weatherproof to the IP56 standard. They will be supplied by Bosch who enjoy a strong expertise in battery and electronic technology.
Mick Horsfall, Head of Product Management for Honda Motor Europe comments: “Lawn mowers are absolutely core to the Honda Lawn & Garden business, it’s what we’re famous for, and after more than 40 years in the market we continue to set the standard. With customers increasingly moving towards cordless products and battery technology now so advanced that it offers no compromise compared to petrol-power, it’s a natural fit for us to introduce premium cordless models alongside our revered petrol and robotic lawn mower line-up.”
Continuing on a similar theme, the 2020 season will also see Honda introduce a new range of cordless handhelds consisting of a hedgetrimmer, brushcutter and leaf blower. Using the same choice of three batteries debuting in Honda’s forthcoming cordless lawn mower range, the new handhelds will offer the power and performance more associated with petrol-power, but with additional convenience, ease of use and comfort. The new handheld range will extend the application of the universal battery system.
Honda’s move into the cordless Lawn & Garden market comes at a time of a continued shift of customer preference towards cordless products, thanks largely to developments in battery technology. Nonetheless, Honda remains committed to their petrol models, seeing them as a core part of their line-up, with the new cordless range now offering customers the widest possible choice based upon their requirements and preferences.
Next season will also see a new addition to Honda’s robotic mower line-up, Miimo, with the introduction of the HRM40. Designed for smaller gardens of up to 400 square metres – considerably less than the recommended 1500 square metres of Honda’s next smallest Miimo, the HRM310 – the new model will feature several new intelligent features for enhanced convenience, usability and connectivity.
Honda’s lawn tractor models will also get a refresh for 2020, with new engines in the form of the GCV530 and commercial-grade GXV690, and a wide range of new features for enhanced convenience and comfort. Among the latest innovations are a speed hold system with a choice of four selectable speeds, a full colour LCD display and a new design high back seat with armrests.
Finally, Honda continues to bring innovation to its revered IZY range, famed for being lightweight, robust and versatile and packed with technology. For next season the line-up of nine petrol models with a choice of three different cutter deck sizes will be powered by the latest four-stroke Honda GCV engines – the GCVx145 for 41cm and 46cm models, and the larger GCVx170 for 53cm models, offering improved efficiency and Auto Choke for easier starting.
The new models will be available from Honda’s Authorised Dealer Network from the start of 2020 season.
* All specification values correct at the time of writing