In India, the Honda HR-V will go up against Mahindra XUV500, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota Innova Crysta and Tata Hexa.
Based on the Jazz platform, the Honda HR-V will be positioned between the CR-V and BR-V in India.
We informed you earlier that Honda is considering its global SUV – Honda HRV – for the Indian market. The Japanese automaker is already selling the seven-seater BR-V SUV in India, but it failed to live up to Honda’s expectations. With HRV, the company is aiming to fill the gap between CRV and the BRV. This slightly premium SUV will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta and others in its league. Besides HRV, Honda is also planning to re-introduce the Civic and the new generation CRV 7 seater in the Indian market.
Adding to it, Honda is also working on the next generation Amaze compact sedan that is scheduled to make global debut at Auto Expo 2018. If reports are to be believed, the much-awaited Honda HR-V will also be showcased to Indian audience at the biennial event in February 2018. In terms of pricing, there is a big difference between the BR-V and CR-V and hence Honda is thinking on the lines to launch HR-V SUV. It is expected to be priced between Rs 15 lakh to Rs 20 lakh.
According to media reports, Honda has received request and enquiries for this premium SUV. This further confirms that Honda is seriously considering this SUV for our market. The HRV is based on the Jazz platform that also underpins the City and the newly launched Honda WRV. So, localisation of this SUV in the country shouldn’t be a big problem. Adding to it, the company will assemble its 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine at its Tapukara plant in Rajasthan. This engine will also be exported to Thailand from July 2017.
The same 1.6-litre engine will also power the India-spec Honda HRV and the upcoming Civic and CRV. The petrol version of the SUV will get the 1.5-litre i-VTEC unit that also powers the City sedan. Transmission options are likely to include a six-speed manual and a CVT automatic. First unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show under a different nameplate (Honda Vezel), the Honda HRV-V has aggressive looks with robust front profile and new elements. The rising shoulder line and hunchback silhouette enhance the visual appeal. Read – Honda WR-V India Launch In March
The cabin of the SUV has dual tone black and beige colour scheme and premium upholstery for seats and other parts. It is expected to be equipped with several high-end comfort, convenience, safety and security features. The vehicle could get a touchscreen infotainment system, multifunctional steering wheel, automatic climate control, rear parking camera, etc. Indian buyers have grown affinity for the rugged SUVs in the past decade. Thanks to large proportions, spacious cabin and off-road capability, SUVs turns out to be a viable alternative to other body-styles including hatchbacks. Despite complexities that Indian market is known for, the carmakers have paved their way to a segment that offers comfort of a SUV within the affordable limit. With the demand for SUVs surging every year, new models are being rolled out in the entry-level and premium segments alike. With BRV failed to generate volumes, Honda is surely thinking of this global product to mark some presence in this segment.
Honda, the Japanese automaker is reportedly planning to unveil the HRV SUV at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo in February. However, the company is yet to make an official announcement on the same. By unveiling this product at this grand event, Honda would want to gauge response of prospective buyers. It is expected that HR-V launch in India could take place towards the end of 2018. We will update our readers with concrete information on the launch soon. Read – Upcoming Honda Cars in India
|Base Model||Rs 15 lakh|
|Top Model||Rs 20 lakh|
Honda will position the HR-V SUV between Honda BRV and Honda CR-V in India, hence it will carry a price that undercuts CR-V’s pricing. Now the BR-V comes for Rs 8.99 for the base petrol variant and goes up to Rs 13.17 lakh for the top-spec model. Honda CR-V on the other hand falls between Rs 22.37 lakh to Rs 26.52 lakh (all prices mentioned are ex-showroom, Delhi). It is to be noted that CR-V is available with petrol engine only. Considering that HR-V will fill the slot between these two models, the prices are likely to range from Rs 15 to Rs 20 lakh. Read: New 2016 Honda Amaze – All You Need To Know
|Engine||1.5-litre i-VTEC Petrol|
|Engine||1.6-litre i-DTEC Diesel|
|Transmission||6-speed Manual & Automatic|
|Drivetrain System||2WD & AWD|
For international markets, the HR-V is available with a 1.8-litre petrol engine that also powers the Civic sedan. The India-spec model is likely to get the populer 1.5-litre i-VTEC unit that currently offered with the City sedan. On the other hand, the diesel version will be powered by a 1.6-litre i-DTEC unit, which will also be offered in the new CRV and the Civic sedan. As mentioned above, this diesel engine will be locally assembled at the company’s Tapukara plant and will also be exported to Thailand.
The petrol version could also get a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine that churns out 175bhp of maximum power and 220Nm of torque. We expect that the Japanese automaker will use the existing unit that is good for 118bhp and 175Nm. This would help the automaker to price this vehicle competitively. On the other hand, the 1.6-litre diesel unit belts out a maximum power output of 118bhp and a peak torque of 300Nm. Both the engines are likely to use 6-speed manual gearbox, and there could be an auto box as well. In order to price it competitively, Honda might use the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel unit that also powers the BRV and the WRV. This engine is good for 99bhp and 200Nm of torque. Also Read – Honda Avancier SUV – Pictures & Details
The HRV is likely to be one of the most fuel efficient SUV in its league. The company’s new i-DTEC diesel engines are already giving high mileage, and the same is also expected with the new 1.6L unit. We expect the petrol model could return around 16kmpl, the diesel version is likely to deliver about 20-22kmpl.
|Kerb Weight||1180kgs – 1320kgs|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||60-litre|
|Seating Capacity||5 Passengers|
Dimensionally, the CR-V will measure 4,295mm long, 1,770mm wide and 1,605mm tall. Wheelbase is expected to be around 2,610mm, hinting at a roomy cabin. Unlike the BR-V, the upcoming model will reportedly be launched with five-seat layout accommodating just five passengers. Weighing between 1180 kgs to 1320 kgs, the SUV will offer generous luggage at 470 litres and the fuel tank capacity will be around 60 litres.
In terms of safety, HR-V could get dual-stage multiple-threshold front airbags, front side and curtain airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist. Additionally, the SUV could sport vehicle stability assist with traction control, tyre pressure monitoring system, daytime running lights, multi-angle rear view camera with guidelines, child proof rear door locks and driver & front passenger seatbelt reminder.
Suspensions & Braking System
Suspension system on the HR-V will include MacPherson strut set up at front and Torsion beam set-up at rear. Power to retard speed will come from ventilated disc brakes at front axle and solid disc brakes at rear axle. Additionally, the robust SUV will ride on the 215/55 R17 sized tyres.
Touchscreen infotainment system
Steering mounted controls
Rear parking sensors
Dual front airbags, side airbags
ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System)
EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution)
Vehicle Stability assist with traction control
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Developed on the same platform as Jazz, the HR-V was first unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show 2013 as Vezel. The SUV is based on the 2013 Honda Urban SUV concept. Sharing most of the design cues from the Jazz and CRV SUV, the HRV looks premium and stylish from all corners. The ‘Exciting H Design’ tenet looks modish and chick. Up front, the SUV gets Honda’s latest signature grille with thick slab sporting company’s logo and a chrome strip that runs through the middle. In India, the SUV could get new grille with thick chromed slab. It is equipped with LED headlamps with daytime running lamps, which is reminiscent of the Jazz. Side profile on the other hand resembles CR-V. The hidden door handles towards the rear end could be the first on a Honda car. Wheel arches, placed a tad high go well with the sloping roofline that declines towards the rear. Rear facet too gets tasteful styling, with the curvy aerodynamic lines around the boot.
Inside the cabin, it will most likely get dual tone black and beige colour scheme and premium upholstery. It is expected to share styling inputs with CR-V along with some additional elements like touchscreen infotainment system, steering mounted controls and touchscreen infotainment system. On the feature front, the SUV will reportedly get an array of provisions including rear parking sensors and keyless entry etc.
Based on the Jazz's platform, the new HRV SUV will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Kaptur. The vehicle could be locally developed at the company's Tapukara plant where Honda is developing WRV & Jazz. It will be positioned between the BR-V and the CR-V SUV.