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.
Indians have grown affinity for the rugged SUVs in last ten years. Attributed to large proportions, spacious cabin and off-roading capability; SUVs make for a viable choice among the various body-styles. 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. Honda lately jumped on the bandwagon with its seven-seater BR-V SUV that is slotted below CR-V in its line-up. Now, the company is planning to launch its global SUV – Honda HRV – in the country.
In terms of pricing, there is a stark difference between the BR-V and CR-V and hence Honda is thinking on the lines to launch HR-V SUV. If launched in India, Honda HR-V will fill the void between BR-V and CR-V. Last year, Honda Cars India President and CEO Yoichiro Ueno said that the company is considering this SUV for the Indian market. Speaking to ET, Mr Ueno said that they have received requests and enquiries for the HRV SUV. This further confirms that Honda is seriously considering this SUV for our market. Read – Honda WR-V India Launch In March
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. Unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show under a different nameplate (Honda Vezel) the Honda HR-V sports assertive looks with robust front profile and new elements. The rising shoulder line and hunchback silhouette enhance the visual appeal. Under the hood, Honda HR-V could come with a choice between 1.5 litre, i-VTEC petrol engine and the 1.6 litre, i-DTEC oil burner. If launched in India, the Honda HR-V price could start from Rs 15.
The new SUV from Honda India is expected to break covers at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo. Although, there is yet no official word on the launch details, it is suggested 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|
As mentioned above, Honda HR-V will be positioned between Honda BR-V and Honda CR-V in Honda’s range and hence it will carry a price tag 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|
In global markets, HR-V is available with a 1.8-litre petrol putting out power in two states of tune. As for the India-spec model, Honda could use the 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine for the petrol variant and 1.6-litre oil burner for the diesel HR-V. The petrol unit will be a turbocharged motor that produces 175bhp of power and 220Nm of torque. However, the company could use the existing unit that is good for 118bhp and 175Nm.
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
|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.
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.
Conceived on the same platform as Jazz, the HR-V is expected to take design inspiration from the hatchback. The ‘Exciting H Design’ tenet looks modish and chic. In front, the HR-V will sport the new grille and LED headlamps 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.