With the growing demand for compact SUVs, car manufacturers are readying SUVs to tap this vacant SUV segment. While Hyundai is set to introduce the ix25 compact SUV in mid-2015, Maruti Suzuki will launch the much-awaited S-Cross SX4 in January 2015. India’s third largest carmaker Honda is still in confusion about which SUV will suit the Indian buyers taste. The company has Vezel crossover SUV, global product, which was earlier speculated to come India; however, the weakening rupee has forced the manufacturer to drop its plans. The company is also evaluating a compact SUV, which will be based on the versatile Brio platform.
Interestingly, Honda recently unveiled the XR-V SUV at the 2014 Chengdu Motor Show. The XR-V crossover looks slightly different from the standard model, seems more of a SUV instead of crossover. It is equipped with more aggressive styling elements. At the front, this SUV gets smaller chrome lined grille flanked by different looking headlamps. Its bumper has black colour guard, wide air dam, turn indicators and new fog lamp assembly.
Similarly, the rear profile too gets styling updates. The newly designed tail lamps are sleeker and aggressive than the Vezel crossover. Its flared wheel arches have been fitted to new alloy wheels. Inside, the Honda XR-V features similar dashboard design; however, the instrument console is relatively new.
What makes us think that this SUV could make its way to India? The simple answer is its styling difference. Moreover, this SUV is 20mm shorter than the Vezel crossover, measuring 4,275mm in length, 1,770mm in width and 1,605mm in height, and it has a large wheelbase of 2,610mm. Like the Hyundai ix25 SUV, this SUV could also make its way to Indian market. This SUV will compete against the likes of Renault Duster, Hyundai ix25, Maruti S-Cross SX4, Mahindra Scorpio and Nissan Terrano.
We expect that if Honda manages to tweak the interiors and exteriors of this crossover to make it Indian road compatible, the vehicle will surely a big hit in India. The company also need to tune the highly fuel efficient 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine to offer more power output.