Wednesday, May 01, 2019
By Manoj Kumawat
Honda HR-V to be launched in India in 2019
One of the biggest carmakers, Honda has started with its plans to introduce all-new SUV to India lineup. According to the sources, “The Honda HR-V SUV will see its India launch sometime this year- mostly likely around the Diwali festival. Back in October 2017, we reported that the Honda HR-V is expected to be one of six new launches from the brand for India, out of which we have already seen the introduction of the new CR-V, Civic and the second-gen Amaze”.
Also, sources explained, “According to company sources, Honda has finally decided to take the plunge and give the model a go-ahead for its India launch. The HR-V will sit between the larger CR-V and the smaller BR-V in the carmaker’s India line-up. Honda will import the SUV via the CKD route and assemble the vehicle in the country.
The HR-V is expected to come with a 1.8-litre petrol engine and 120hp 1.6-litre diesel. The current-gen of Honda was first went on sale back in 2013 and has undergone mid-cycle update in 2018. however, India will soon be getting the refreshed version of Honda HR-V that comes with styling similar to the CR-V with 17-inches alloys, LED headlamps, and taillamps with LED bits.
Looks of HR-V as compared to Creta is explained as below:
This model is 4,295mm long, 1,770mm wide and 1,605mm high, and comes with a 2,610mm wheelbase. In comparison, the Hyundai Creta is slightly shorter at 4,270mm, a bit wider at 1,780mm and taller at 1,630mm, and comes with a slightly shorter 2,590mm wheelbase. It gets a rounded coupe-like design and comes with a ground clearance of 180mm while Creta has a more upright SUV-like design and stands a bit taller, at 190mm ground clearance, which makes the HR-V look smaller than it actually is.
The sources revealed, “Honda is likely to price the HR-V just below the Civic sedan, which means a starting price of around Rs 15 lakh (ex-showroom) could be expected. While this may not justify the price-to-size ratio for the HR-V, the company will market the SUV at the slightly higher end of the segment. This means it will also take on the likes of the Jeep Compass petrol and the upcoming MG Hector petrol, to some extent”.