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    Honda HR-V SUV Gets Spotted In India For The Very First Time

    by Monalisa Saha on Friday, Jun 07 2019

    Good news for those who have been long waiting for the Honda HR-V SUV. After lengthy speculations and plenty of customer inquiries, Honda Cars India has is finally bringing the HR-V SUV. As per recent reports, Honda India had displayed the premium compact SUV to its dealers. And now, the Honda HR-V SUV has been spotted testing on the Indian roads for the first time, which indicates that the HR-V’s Indian launch is not far away.

     

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    The premium SUVs are selling like hot cakes in India, and the HR-V is expected to be a stellar success from the house of Honda Cars India. The Japanese car major had not intended to launch the HR-V SUV in India, as it was thought to be an expensive model that the Indian market is not ready for, and Honda launched the more affordable BR-V SUV instead. However, the current situations are different, the BR-V never lived up to the expectations regarding sales, and the Indian consumers never stopped inquiring about the HR-V. Given the highly booming SUV market in India, Honda finally decided to bring in the HR-V here.

    Honda was unable to increase the HR-V’s localization level as its center console had to be fully imported, which was making it's cost sore up to the price range of the higher C-SUV models like the Jeep Compass. That’s what caused the delay of the HR-V’s Indian arrival.

    The current generation Honda HR-V SUV is closing its lifecycle’s end, and the next-gen model is due to launch globally in 2020. Honda is going to launch the current generation model of the HR-V in our country because of the relaxed import norms and to study the feasibility of bringing the next-gen HR-V. The relaxed import norms restrict the import of 2,500 units annually, so the HR-V will be available here in limited numbers.

    In terms of looks, the Honda HR-V is expected to flaunt full LED headlights, LED tail lights and stylish 17-inch alloy wheels. In terms of features highlights on the inside of the top trim model, the list would include a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, full leather upholstery, and a panoramic sunroof. 

    When safety is concerned, the Honda HR-V SUV will be braced very well. The expected safety equipment list on the vehicle would include 6 airbags, ABS with EBV, brake assist, Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and electric parking brake among many others.

    The India-spec HR-V SUV is likely to share its engines and transmissions with the new Honda Civic sedan. Thus, we expect a choice of a 1.8-liter i-VTEC petrol engine that is capable of offering 141 PS along with 174 Nm paired with a CVT gearbox and a 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel motor delivering 120 PS 300 Nm coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission.

    The Honda HR-V is likely to come to India via the CKD route from Thailand. The premium B-SUV is expected to hit the Indian car market around this year’s festive season.


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    An adventurer at heart and introvert by nature, I love to travel, click nature's beauty and beautiful machines on wheels. Art, literature and poetry are also close to my heart.

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