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Honda HR-V will rival Jeep Compass; to get 1.8L petrol engine

Honda Vezel Hybrid (1)

The Honda HR-V is expected to be priced around Rs 15 lakh – Rs 20 lakh

Japanese automaker, Honda is all set to introduce the long-awaited HR-V SUV in the Indian market. Also known as Vezel in some markets, the Honda HR-V is expected to be launched in the second half of 2019 (around Diwali). It was speculated that the upcoming HR-V will be positioned somewhere between the Hyundai Creta and Jeep Compass in terms of pricing. However, Honda is aiming to position the new SUV as a premium model in the market.

Instead of local development, Honda will introduce the new SUV as a CKD model. The SUV is expected to be imported from the Thailand as a CKD kit, which will be assembled at the company’s Greater Noida based plant. If it manages to do well, the company could plan local development of the HR-V. Honda has recently displayed the HR-V SUV to dealerships. The company will launch the current generation model, which was first introduced as Vezel in Japan. The company had introduced the facelifted HR-V in 2019. It is expected that Honda India will make certain changes to the styling of the HR-V before launching it in our market.

The new Honda HR-V will be positioned right between the BR-V and the CR-V, and is likely to cost around Rs 15 lakh – Rs 20 lakh. In terms of size, this SUV is slightly longer than the Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta. The new model will directly challenge the Jeep Compass, Tata Harrier and the Hyundai Tucson. It is based on the Jazz platform that also underpins the City sedan. Also See – Honda HRV to share engines with new Civic sedan

The Honda HR-V was earlier speculated to be powered by the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and the 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel. However, the new reports claim that the new SUV will be positioned as a premium model and will be powered by a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. This engine currently powers the Civic sedan and offers 139bhp of power. The company is yet to confirm on the diesel version, but it is most likely to use the 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine that produces 118bhp and 300Nm of torque. The petrol engine will be coupled to a CVT automatic gearbox, while the diesel model will get the six-speed manual gearbox.

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