The Indian market has boomed in the SUV segment recently. The major carmakers have already launched various range of SUV in the market this year. There a lot of new entrants to continuing to heat up the competition in the market. Hence, Honda has also decided to try its hands in the SUV segment. The Japanese carmaker has decided to bring the all-new SUV named HR-V to the market later this year in the festive season. Though there is no official word on the same, it is expected that Honda will introduce this vehicle in India sometime during the second half of 2019.
Honda has long been thinking to introduce the HR-V in the market but due to the large demand of the Civic and Amaze, the HR-V was put on hold. Since, the Civic is now on sale it is already taking quite a chunk of sales. Honda initially ruled out the possibility of introducing to the Indian market, since now the SUVs are accepted warm-heartedly among the people, buyers are now accepting premium SUV in the range of Rs.12 lakhs to Rs.18 lakhs. In terms of dimensions, the Honda HR-V measures 4,295mm long, 1,775mm wide, 1,605mm tall and a wheelbase of 2,610mm. This compared to the segment leader Hyundai Creta is 25mm longer and 20mm larger wheelbase.
Similar to some of its other models in the Indian product lineup, Honda will bring in the HR-V to India via the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route. Once introduced in the market, the Honda HR-V will sit between the CR-V and BR-V in the model lineup. The feature list of the HR-V consists of LED headlamps, daytime running lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, soft-touch materials on the dashboard to name a few.
Honda HR-V will come with BS-6 complaint engine options. The petrol derivative is expected to be 1.5-litre, i-VTEC motor. It is capable of producing 130 BHP of power along with 155 Nm of peak torque. The diesel derivative, on the other hand, could be a 1.6-litre, i-DTEC unit. The 1.6-litre i-DTEC unit is capable of churning out 120 BHP of power along with 300 Nm of peak torque. Transmission duties will be taken care of by a 6-speed manual gearbox. A CVT for the petrol and a 9-speed torque converter for the diesel engine could be offered as an option as well.
The Honda HR-V once launched in the Indian market is expected to be priced around Rs.15 lakh, ex-showroom. The Honda HR-V will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Jeep Compass and the upcoming MG Hector. Honda will aim to position the HR-V as a premium offering in the mid-size SUV segment.