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Honda HR-V To Unveil At Auto Expo 2018

In India, the Honda HR-V will go up against Mahindra XUV500, Hyundai Tucson, Toyota Innova Crysta and Tata Hexa.

  • Amit Sharma
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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

Honda HRV rear profile

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 HRV India Launch Date

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 

Honda HRV Price In India

VariantExpected Price
Base ModelRs 15 lakh
Top ModelRs 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

Honda HRV India SUV

Honda HRV Specifications

Engine1.5-litre i-VTEC Petrol
Maximum Power175bhp
Maximum Torque 220Nm
Engine1.6-litre i-DTEC Diesel
Maximum Power118bhp
Maximum Torque 300Nm
Transmission6-speed Manual & Automatic
Drivetrain System2WD & 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

Honda HRV Mileage

Petrol (expected)17-18kmpl
Diesel (expected)20-22kmpl

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.

Honda HRV India front Honda HRV Dimensions

Kerb Weight 1180kgs – 1320kgs
Boot Space470-litres
Fuel Tank Capacity60-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.

Honda HRV Other Details

Safety Features

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.

Key features

LED Headlamps
LED tail-lights
Sloping roofline
Chromed grille
Fog lamps
Touchscreen infotainment system
Steering mounted controls
Rear parking sensors
Keyless entry
Dual front airbags, side airbags
ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System)
EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution)
Vehicle Stability assist with traction control
Tyre pressure monitoring system

Honda HR-V – Competitors

The HR-V will field against Mahindra XUV500Hyundai TucsonToyota Innova Crysta and Tata Hexa in the segment upon its launch.

Honda HRV side profile Honda HRV Exteriors

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.

Honda HRV Interiors

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.


  1. dharmendrasinh
    April 10, 2016

    I am waiting, ,,,,,,,,,,

  2. Mohit
    May 8, 2016

    Deeply disappointed with BRV though had done a pre booking but not opting. delay in launch of HRV will cost them some loyal customers waiting for a good power milege combination SUV from Honda. I am waiting now for HRV.

  3. binoo
    May 12, 2016

    Sad that Honda brought out brv rather than the much avaited 5 seater hrv. The brv is like the unwanted mobilio. Why isn’t honda learning from people’s feedback. Please bring out hrv inside 15 lakhs and very soon before people reject brv.

  4. Yohan Mathew
    May 20, 2016

    HR-v has to come to India than only Honda can survive in India, only with Honda city they are managing. Nissan,Renault,Hyundai, now Toyota also coming with there mid range Suv in the india so it is high time to launch HR-v in India with an affordable price.

  5. harish sunku
    May 21, 2016

    Really unhappy about the launch of brv I was awaiting for the hrv since a year
    Brv looks more like the mobilio which was not a good vehicle absolutely
    Hrv is a perfect suv hope honda will definitely launch soon in india

  6. Mahesh
    May 23, 2016

    Yaa I too want to buy honda HRV..
    Hope they launch it soon

  7. Dr.Singh
    May 23, 2016

    Of course I am waiting for HRV since last year. I think indian market needs it now.

  8. Baijo Britto
    June 5, 2016

    Badly waiting for the launch of HRV. Brv is a failure as there isnt much difference between mobilio n brv. N disappointed too. Hope Honda bring hrv soon to indian market.

  9. Brij
    June 7, 2016

    HRV is most wanted Honda SUV in India it is not understood why Honda launched BRV duplicate of of Mobilo in India.Eargely waiting for HRV.

  10. Brij
    June 7, 2016

    HRV is most wanted Honda SUV in India it is not understood why Honda launched BRV duplicate of of Mobilo in India. Eargely waiting for HRV.

  11. NAG
    June 8, 2016


  12. Jyotiprakash Tandon
    June 8, 2016



  13. Sanjeevkumar Biradar
    June 10, 2016

    Was disappointed with brv. Desperately waiting for hrv

  14. prem singh
    June 19, 2016

    hrv also disappoint like brv. they should plan on hrv on crv base.

  15. dr murali
    June 20, 2016

    thoroughly disappointed BR-V, contrary to our expectations .now waiting for HRV, if not go for another .we cant wait .

  16. Muthu Vijaya Pandian
    June 21, 2016

    The launch of brv I was awaiting for the hrv since a year
    Brv looks more like the mobilio which was not a good vehicle absolutely
    Hrv is a perfect suv hope honda will definitely launch soon in india. Its True.

  17. Muthu Vijaya Pandian
    June 21, 2016

    it is true that i was waiting for BRV for a year, but the model is completely unexpected. So, im waiting for HRV, made quick.

  18. Ashu
    June 22, 2016

    Don’t understand what the heck these Honda market strategists are thinking .. BR-V instead of HR-V, I mean it doesn’t make any sense, had they launched HR-V earlier in direct competition to Duster and Creta it would have been an huge success but its still not too late!!! Common guys do hell with these 7 seaters bring this 5 seated power horse in the market ASAP!!!!

  19. Ashu
    June 22, 2016

    Bring Honda Vezel ASAP if you want to compete directly with the current market leaders Duster and Creta 5 seaters…!!!

  20. JS Singh.
    June 25, 2016

    Waiting for HRV too keenly, surfing net for it more than ten time a day since three year..HONDA please launch HRV at earliest…dont loose your beloved custmers..you have lost many by launching BRV..its realy bad. i am mad for HRV Deisel Automatic..

  21. JS Singh.
    June 25, 2016

    Waiting for HRV too keenly, surfing net for it more than ten time a day since three year..HONDA please launch HRV at earliest…dont loose your beloved custmers..you have lost many by launching BRV..its realy bad. i am mad for HRV Deisel Automatic..

  22. Ashok Kumar
    July 1, 2016

    Honda has introduced a vehicle(BRV) which is a complete replica of mobilo.Honda being such a reputed company, have failed in attracting large section of customers . If they are realy interested in the Indian market, they should introduce compact SUVs like Vezel or HRV for which there is a large section of customers who are really interested to purchase such vehciles. Honda should concentrate on this with right earnest without waisting further more time and should launch before the festival season of the current year.

  23. Sanjay Malvia
    July 3, 2016

    Launching BRV was a wrong decision. Customers want compact SUVs in India. The taste and choices have changed for customees in India. BRV is too big and the current generations here wants nice and compact cars that can suffice both driving experience and style. Honda should launch HRV on priority or else they may have hard time in India.

  24. Ramesh
    July 3, 2016

    waiting for hrv this year honda
    Last 34% sales india 2015-16 this is time to launch hrv

  25. KC
    July 4, 2016

    Unreal, does Honda even read anything on the internet in INDIA ? Been saying this forever, the worst choice they could have made was to bring the BRV before this, now when this comes in it will already look dated or face stiff competition from Nissan, Hyundai and Maruti .. not to mention Renault and ford. ..id even add Kia in here .. wake up H, this shouldve launched months ago this year !!!

  26. Dr kavita jadhav
    July 4, 2016

    Badly in need of hr v.shd launch as early as possible

  27. Ovais
    July 6, 2016

    Honda crv front and back look is very good. But in middle it is very bad. Just like a mobilyo.i will suggest that the designer of crv should out the company.if medal part becomes like hrv or audi then.i have purchased now.

    July 15, 2016

    Waiting for HRV………

  29. Raja
    July 27, 2016

    Hope HRV will also come with ground clearance of 210. Not like CRV.

    August 29, 2016

    Waiting for hrv since last one year. It”s high time now to launch the same. Honda should immediately come up with hrv.

  31. Alias
    October 20, 2016

    Honda have to make a vehicle to compete with creta/ecosport/Fiat abarath.
    They can introduce HRV at the earliest ; to boost their not only market share also satisfy honda lovers

    February 13, 2017

    I have done the pre booking of honda BRV. I am not happy with the BRV. Please introduce the honda HRV as early as possible to capture the indian car market Otherwise they will shift to other companies cars. Pls conduct the survey regarding this.

  33. Saranya Murugan
    October 27, 2017

    I have done booking of honda wrv I am not happy with the wrv ; it’s little small NOT an SUV
    . Please introduce the honda HRV as early as possible to capture the indian car market Otherwise they will shift to other companies cars. Pls conduct the survey regarding this. Waiting for HRV

  34. Iaudatkam
    October 27, 2017

    Dear Honda, please study the Hexa, XUV500, Vitara Brezza, their muscular looks, their stance, tyre sizes, aggressive designs, etc. and you’ll notice what Indian customers want their SUV to look like. I hope the HRV doesn’t disappoint in that department. Eagerly waiting….

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