Japanese automaker, Honda is aiming to further strengthen its position in the Indian market by introducing a range of new cars. This year, Honda will launch 3 all-new products including new Amaze, Civic and the new 7 seater CR-V. Besides, the company is also aiming at a 5 seater premium SUV segment with its global SUV – Honda HR-V.
Price somewhere between Creta & Compass
– Japanese automaker is aiming at high-level localisation to achieve aggressive pricing. The new model is likely to be priced between RS 12 lakh and Rs 17 lakh, which is somewhere between Creta and Compass. While the entry-level variants will target the Creta, the top-end models will challenge the likes of Jeep Compass and the upcoming Tata H5X.
It will be powered by a locally developed 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that also powers the new Civic and CR-V. In fact, production of this powertrain has already been started at Honda’s Tapukara based production plant. This engine is capable of producing 118bhp of power and 300Nm of Torque. Both manual and automatic options are likely on offer.
On the flip side, the petrol version will be equipped with a tried and tested 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine that also powers the City. This engine is capable of producing 118bhp of power and 145Nm of torque.
Sits on 2610mm of wheelbase, the new HRV is claimed to offer segment-leading interior space for both front and rear occupants. Interior is designed on Honda’s “Man Maximum Machine Minimum” design philosophy. It is claimed to offer an impressive legroom and shoulder space for both and rear occupants
New infotainment system-
The new HR-V will be equipped with a newly developed touchscreen infotainment system, which will be compatible with Android auto and Apple Carplay. The current 7.0-inch infotainment system in the City misses out on these features. The new system will also serve as a display for reverse parking camera. Also See – Upcoming Honda Cars In India
The Honda HR-V compact SUV comes with Honda’s Magic seats, which we have already seen in the Jazz hatchback. These seats fold down flat, which further enhances it’s luggage carrying capacity. With all seats in position, the new HRV offers a boot space of 470-litres. Honda claims that there are 18 configurations.
Honda is yet to make an official statement on the launch of this compact SUV in India. But, Honda officials have confirmed that they are considering this SUV for Indian market. We believe that the launch could happen in the second half of 2019 or early 2020.