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Honda Preparing HR-V SUV To Take On Hyundai Creta; Launch Timeline Revealed

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The Honda HR-V 5-seater premium SUV will go on sale in India in the second half of 2019

Japanese automaker, Honda will launch the new-gen CR-V 7-seater SUV and the 10th generation Civic sedan in India before March 2019. While the CR-V will go on sale in October 2018, the new Civic will be introduced in the Q1, 2019. Besides these 2 cars, Honda is also preparing a range of new models to further boost sales in India. The next-gen Honda City is also in the works, which will go on sale in late 2019 or early 2020. What’s more interesting is that Honda is also planning to launch the global HR-V SUV (also known as Vezel in some markets) in India.

A new media report claims that the new Honda HR-V will be launched in the country by the end of 2019. The company has also started a feasibility study along with vendors at its Japan Headquarter for the Vezel. The report further claims that source close to Honda said that “Some of the suppliers in Japan have also been informed about this decision as well.”

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The Honda Vezel will be slotted between the BR-V and CR-V, and will take on the segment leader – Hyundai Creta. We believe that the HR-V will be slightly more expensive than the Creta, as it rivals Toyota CH-R and Jeep Renegade in global markets.

Speaking to Mint, Rajesh Goel, senior vice-president and director for marketing and sales at Honda Cars India said, “HR-V/Vezel is a very successful model in our global line-up. As a continuous business process, we are evaluating its business potential in India but have not made any decision yet”. Also See – Upcoming Honda Cars In India

The Japanese brand is also reportedly working on 5 new vehicles, including two SUVs, on its GSP platform, which also underpins the Amaze compact sedan. The report also claims that Honda is also readying a new hatchback, a full-size SUV and a compact SUV or a crossover for launch in India.

Talking about HR-V, this global SUV is built on the Jazz platform. So, localisation won’t be a big issue for Honda. This model is equipped with several segment leading features including Honda’s flexi-seats. It will come in both petrol and diesel form. While the petrol version will get a tried & tested 1.5-litre i-VTEC unit, the oil burner will be a newly developed 1.6-litre i-DTEC unit. Both manual and automatic versions will be on offer.

Source – LiveMint

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