Honda HRV launching in India soon, expected debut at the 2018 Auto Expo
Japanese auto major Honda had a great time growing fabulously in India with a range of new products. However, lately the company has been facing a tough time in terms of sales of most of its products, excepting the popular Honda City. Even the mid-sized sedan, City is busy fighting with its very tough rivals, the new Hyundai Verna and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. Honda had quite recently pulled the plug on its comparatively new product the Mobilio MPV in India, while the new BR-V compact SUV could not generate the expected popularity in the country. Looking at the tough competition and fast maturing Indian auto industry, Honda Cars India has decided to revamp its lineup with global products in the next year. Year 2018 is expected to witness the revival of the Civic nameplate in India, while the new generation CR-V is also expected to land up in India next year. Most importantly, the much awaited Honda HR-V compact SUV is expected to launch in India in 2018 as well.
It is good to mention that the Honda HR-V (Vezel in Japan) is a very popular global compact SUV and was never supposed to launch in India. Honda said the premium pricing of the HR-V, which is based on the new Jazz, makes it an unsuitable product for the Indian market. Thus, Honda brought the more cost efficient Brio based BR-V compact crossover in India. Now, as the BR-V has disappointed its maker in India, and the Indian buyers have been always interested in the HR-V, Honda has finally taken the decision to bring the HR-V in India.
The Honda HR-V compact crossover will be placed above the BR-V in the Indian lineup and would be priced at around Rs. 14 to 18 lakhs. The HR-V is expected to hit the Indian car market around the festive season in 2018, while it is likely to be introduced at the 2018 Auto Expo.
The Honda HR-V will be the fourth crossover/SUV model from Honda Cars India after the CR-V, BR-V and WR-V, in the sequence of their launch in India. The HR-V will be promoted as a more premium product than the similar sized rival, the Hyundai Creta. Thus, one its primary rivals in India would be the recently launched Renault Captur in terms of positioning.
The highly attractive and aggressive looking Honda HR-V will obviously impress with its premium visual appeal, quality and a rich features list. Under the hood, it is thought that the premium SUV would be getting powered by the same engine options as that of the City sedan. In the British market, the HR-V comes with a choice of a 1.5L petrol and a 1.6 L diesel mill. For the Indian market however, the very familiar 1.5L diesel motor is expected that powers all diesel Honda cars in India. As the HR-V is slightly expensive, it might also come with the 135BHP 1.8L petrol mill that will also do duty under the hood of the Honda Civic in India.