Japanese automaker, Honda is planning to play premium in order to regain its lost market share. The company will launch three new cars – 2nd generation Amaze, new CRV 7-seater & Civic sedan in the Indian market before the end of this fiscal year. Besides, the company is also considering its global 5-seater premium SUV – Honda HRV for the Indian car market. 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. This premium SUV will challenge the likes of Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and Jeep Compass. First launched in 2014, the Honda HR-V has recently received a major makeover in the global markets. If reports are to be believed, Honda will launch the facelifted version of the car in the Indian market.
Just to inform you, this SUV is known as the Honda Vezel in the Japanese domestic market. Honda HRV is built on the Jazz platform that also underpins the City and Honda WRV. So, localisation of this SUV shouldn’t be a big problem. Japanese automaker has already started making its 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine at its Tapukara plant in Rajasthan. Same engine will power the HRV and new Civic. The petrol version of the SUV will source its engine with the City sedan. Read – Honda WR-V – All Details
First unveiled at the 2013 Detroit Motor Show under a different nameplate (Honda Vezel), the Honda HR-V has aggressive looks with robust front profile and new elements. The facelifted model sports Honda’s latest design language, which we have already seen on the City facelift. The SUV gets a bigger grille, new LED headlamps, tweaked fog lamp housing and newly contoured front bumper. It now features Honda’s safety and driver assistance systems, called as Honda Sensing. It is now equipped with Honda’s newest infotainment system that is compatible with satellite navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. 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. With BRV failed to generate volumes, Honda is surely thinking of this global product to mark some presence in this segment.
Honda HRV Features
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
Honda HRV India Launch Date
It was speculated that the Honda HRV SUV will make its India debut at the 14th edition of Asia’s biggest automotive event, 2018 Delhi Auto Expo; that didn’t happen. If latest reports are to be believed, Honda is considering this SUV for Indian markets. In fact, Honda officials said that the company is receiving good enquiries about this product. It is expected that HR-V launch in India could take place towards the end of 2019. We will update our readers with concrete information on the launch soon. Read – Upcoming Honda Cars in India
Honda HRV Price 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. This model will be locally developed in India, which will help the automaker to price it competitively. With Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass in sight, Honda is aiming at an aggressive pricing for its global SUV. Considering that HR-V will fill the slot between BR-V and CR-V, the prices are likely to range from Rs 15 to Rs 20 lakh. Read: New 2018 Honda Amaze – All You Need To Know
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. As mentioned above, Honda will launch the updated version of the SUV which is currently on testing phase. In fact, clear pictures of the SUV have been leaked online. This model gets Honda’s latest design philosophy and similar to City, the SUV gets Honda’s latest signature grille with thick chrome slap sporting company’s logo and a chrome strip that runs through the middle. The new grille with thick chromed slab looks identical to the new Honda Civic. It is equipped with new LED headlamps with daytime running lamps, which is reminiscent of the Jazz. The 2018 model now features new fog lamp enclosures with LEDs and honeycomb mesh design for the lower intakes.
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. It will also get power panoramic sunroof and chrome exhaust pipe finisher.
Honda HRV Dimensions
|Kerb Weight||1180kgs – 1320kgs|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||60-litre|
|Seating Capacity||5 Passengers|
In terms of proportions, the new HR-V is 4,295mm in length, 1,770mm in width and 1,605mm in height. It comes with a long wheelbase of 2,610mm, hinting at a roomy cabin. Expect ground clearance in excess of 180mm. 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 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. The India-spec model is expected to get new technological features like Honda’s DIGIPAD infotainment system, which will be compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Honda HRV Specifications
|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 popular 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 has been locally assembled at the company’s Tapukara plant and has been 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. Also Read – Honda Avancier SUV – Pictures & Details
Honda HRV Mileage
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 Comfort
Sitting on a large 2,610mm of wheelbase, the new Honda HR-V is likely to offer spacious cabin to accommodate five adults comfortably. Interior of this SUV has been design on the basis of Honda’s “Man Maximum Machine Minimum” philosophy. The SUV will offer segment-leading legroom, headroom and shoulder space. To be launched as premium SUV, the HR-V will get high-quality leather seats to offer excellent back and thigh support.
Honda HRV 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.
Honda HRV 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.
Honda HR-V Competitors
Should You Wait For This Car?
Equipped with several high-end features and fuel efficient engines, Honda HRV could be a viable alternative to Jeep Compass and top-spec Hyundai Creta. Based on Jazz platform, the SUV will offer spacious cabin for five adults. It will be locally produced, which will allow Honda to price it competitively in the market. If you are looking at a premium SUV, Honda HRV could be a good option for you.
Honda HRV Preview
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.