The Indian auto market is witnessing a continued SUV frenzy following the global trend. SUVs or Sports Utility Vehicles, which were the favorites of only a handful of off-roading enthusiasts and travelers, have now become the most trending vehicle types of most of the modern personal car buyers. The styling and lot of features of the modern SUVs have also changed along with changing customer preferences and market trends. SUVs now are very stylish, sporty and feature-laden comfortable vehicles that can cater to both off-road and urban road driving conditions. All the auto majors in India are busy rolling out new SUV models in various shapes and sizes and Honda is definitely not willing to stay behind. The Japanese car giant is said to be bracing up to launch is a globally successful HR-V SUV in India within this year.
The Honda HR-V compact SUV has been a highly anticipated model in India, since its global launch. Honda had originally never planned to launch the HR-V in India, due to its more premium quality and pricing, and launched the Brio based, more affordable BR-V here instead. However, the Honda BR-V SUV never got the expected response in the country, while the customer interest in the HR-V continued. As Honda realized that the Indian market has actually matured to accept premium SUVs, it decided to launch the HR-V given to the high consumer inquiries.
The Honda HR-V will be placed above the slow-selling BR-V in Honda Cars India's lineup. The HR-V is a 5-seater compact premium SUV, which boasts of great sporty looks and a lengthy feature list.
The HR-V boasts of Honda’s latest design language and measures 4295mm long, 1770mm wide and 1605mm tall with a wheelbase of 2610mm and ground clearance of a good 180mm.
The India-spec HR-V will offer an up-market cabin similar to that of the new Civic sedan in India with many premium features, and a few segment firsts as well.
The Honda HR-V SUV is expected to a 1.8-liter petrol mill engine that is found on the Civic and will be paired to a CVT gearbox. The diesel version will pack in a 1.6 liter that is found under the CR-V SUV’s hood. The HR-V will get all BS-VI complaint engines following the upcoming emission norms in India.
Post its Indian launch, the Honda CR-V SUV will lock its horns with the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, Nissan Kicks and the likes.
The HR-V is likely to come in the price range of Rs. 12 lakhs to 18 lakhs. It is expected to launch in the country in the upcoming festive season and will come to India by the CKD (Completely Knocked Down) route. It is expected to be one of the most successful products from Honda Cars India.