Japanese car brand Honda has its crossover styled mid-size SUV HR-V for sale in many international markets. Honda is now getting ready to jump in to the lucrative market for mid-size SUVs here in India. The Honda HR-V when launched will rival the likes of Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks and Tata Harrier. It is expected that the Honda HR-V will be priced above the BR-V, so roughly close to INR 17-18 lakh for the top trim, ex-showroom.
Honda has been considering the HR-V since last year for the Indian audience, as we are really in love with mid-size SUVs. In a recent update, Honda is said to have showcased their HR-V to select Honda dealerships in New Delhi and it is being said that Honda will bring the HR-V by the festive season of 2019. Surprisingly, no test mules of the HR-V have been spotted so far.
The Honda HR-V is expected to be powered by a BSVI emission standards compliant, 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine from the Honda City and the 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel from the CR-V.
- The petrol powered i-VTEC engine has a maximum displacement of 1497cc with a liquid-cooled, inline-4 motor producing 119 PS of power @ 6600 RPM and 145 Nm of torque @ 4600 RPM coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission or an automatic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) gearbox.
- The diesel-powered i-DTEC engine has a maximum displacement of 1597cc with a liquid-cooled, inline-4 motor producing 120 PS of power @ 4000 RPM and 300 Nm of torque @ 2000 RPM coupled to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The Honda HR-V has been launched recently with a facelift in the international market and the same is expected to reach India. The exteriors sport a wide signature Honda grille with a black honeycomb pattern mesh and LED daytime running lights on the headlamps. On the side, it has large wheel arches to accommodate the 17-inch alloy wheel and has black side sills. The rear has a LED taillights with an angular design and has a gloss black bumper with red reflectors.
On the interiors of the HR-V, a semi-digital instrument console with a central analogue speedometer accompanied by two digital displays on either side. The centre has a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a raised central console with touch-sensitive air-conditioning control panel. The Honda HR-V can comfortably seat 5 people.
The Honda HR-V also received a 5-star rating from NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) U.S.A which makes it one of the safest cars in its segment.