Updated: Jun 25, 2019
Honda has finally decided to bring in the HR-V to the Indian market after almost 20 years. The first generation of the HR-V was launched in 1999 and the second generation made its way in 2014 and the current model was unveiled in 2016, it has been around 3 years the current HR-V has made its debut but its yet to be launched in India. Honda says the HR-V will be open for sale in late 2019 making it a much anticipated car for the Indian market. Honda has always been one of the favourites for its trust and loyalty and is one of the leading automotive brands in India having an incredible sales since years. Honda has never failed to disappoint its customers in anyway, they have always been the leader in innovation bringing in new features and technology into their cars.
Talking about the HR-V, it is based on the same platform as the City and Jazz and measures 4295x1770x1605mm in dimension. The HR-V has a wheelbase of 2610mm and a ground clearance of 180mm
The HR-V will be a new segment for Honda in India as this is their first proper Mini SUV, it will be competing against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Jeep compass. With all the above mentioned cars being super successful Honda must do something new and innovative with HR-V to surpass its competition. The HR-V sure is a good looking car with minimalistic design and has got the proper dimensions to move around on the Indian roads. As a Honda it will surely not need much of an explanation but consumers nowadays have started to think smart and not everyone chooses brand over product.
On the outside, the HR-V gives a SUV feel with some bits and pieces taken from the CR-V, the front grille and bumper is taken from the CR-V with projector headlamps and L-shaped LED DRL’s for better vision. On the sides, the HR-V looks more promising with the handle-less back door design and large wheels with 5 spoke diamond cut alloys surrounded by full black wheel arches giving it a SUV like stance. At the rear, the HR-V is quite understated as well as sporty. The rear spoiler and tail lamps will remind you of the all new innova crysta but in a bit sportier way
When you step inside, the HR-V’s dashboard is similar as on other Honda’s. The instrument cluster and steering wheel are the same as the one used in the Jazz. The rest of the dashboard is quite minimalistic with a decent size infotainment system and touch screen(only on high-end variants) for the climate control. Being a global product, the five-seater is decently loaded in terms of features and technology. The co-passenger air vents have a design of its own, making a 3 vent continuous flow design above the glove box for better cabin cooling.
In terms of powertrain choices, the HR-V might get the same 1.8-litre petrol engine which is the same in the new Civic, which will be mated to a CVT gearbox only. There will also be a diesel i.e the 120hp 1.6-litre borrowed from the CR-V. All the engines will be compliant to the new BS-VI emission norms. The engine options provided on this car are quite powerful on paper as compared to its competition but only time will tell if it is stronger only on paper or even on the road.
The HR-V will be priced between RS.12-16 lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi) meaning that the pricing is at par or a little on the higher side compared to its rivals. Now it is upon Honda how they will be marketing and advertising it and whether they will include all those features and technology offered on the HR-V in other countries. What are your views on the all new Honda HR-V?
HONDA HRV SPECIFICATIONS
1. Engine - 1.8-litre i-VTEC Petrol
2. Maximum Power - 139bhp
3. Maximum Torque - 174Nm
4. Engine - 1.6-litre i-DTEC Diesel
5. Maximum Power - 118bhp
6. Maximum Torque - 300Nm
7. Transmission - 6-speed Manual & Automatic
8. Drivetrain System - 2WD