It is claimed that Honda has displayed the HR-V SUV to dealerships in New Delhi.
It was speculated Honda will not launch the HR-V SUV in India. Instead, the company will develop an all-new SUV based on the low-cost Amaze platform for the Indian market. However, the reliable Team-BHP form member RavenAvi stated that the premium B-SUV will soon enter into production in India.
In fact, it is claimed that Honda has displayed the HR-V SUV to dealerships in New Delhi. The report further claims that the vehicle could be launched during this festive season, Diwali. This could be the move to fill the gap between the BR-V and the CR-V. In recent times, Indian buyers are ready to shed more money to drive home B-segment SUVs, and this could be the reason behind the decision of launching the HR-V SUV.
Honda had launched the current generation model as the Vezel SUV in November 2013. The vehicle is now ready to receive new generation model. Global media reports that the next-gen Honda HR-V will be introduced before the next-gen Jazz hatchback, which will be launched in 2020. It is expected that the next-gen HR-V will be unveiled this year. We believe that Honda will launch the new-generation model as the current model is almost 6 years old in international markets. Also See – 2019 Honda BR-V facelift revealed
Honda could introduce the existing model as CKD unit to gauge customer response. If the response will be positive, Honda might develop the next-generation HR-V in India. However, we feel that this won’t be a good idea. The company could wait for some more time to bring in the next-gen HR-V in India. The SUV is based on the Jazz platform, so localisation won’t be a big issue.
The Honda HR-V for Indian market will be fitted with BSVI compliant petrol and diesel engines. It will be powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and a 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel. The SUV will be positioned somewhere between the Hyundai Creta and the Jeep Compass. We believe the new model could be priced between Rs 12 lakh and Rs 18 lakh.