Honda XRV is designed to cater to the demands of customers in China. It is the same crossover, which is known as the HRV in Europe. India is reportedly getting some version of the HRV next year. Coming back to XRV, the new XRV has been spied undisguised for the first time. Leaked images from China, draw attention to its exterior.
Honda XRV has been in production in China since 2014. It measures 4,295 mm in length, 1,770 mm in width and stands 1,605 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,610 mm. The updated model should also sport similar dimensions.
Like the HRV / Vezel, the Honda XRV is also based on the Honda Jazz platform. It was first showcased at the Chengdu Motor Show and is produced in China by Dongfeng-Honda. Sporting some similarities with Honda HRV, the XRV gets a new front and rear. Updates on side body panels and sleek headlamps with grey plastic cladding. New tail lamp design is noted at the rear while the overall stance gets bolder and more aggressive. The muscular stance is further accentuated by flared wheel arches while the XRV also gets new alloy wheels and ORVMs.
Leaked spy shots also detail the interiors. Like the exteriors, interiors too are revamped with a new dashboard design. It gets four circular vents for AC and a host of other comfort and connectivity features along with new safety updates.
Current Honda XRV sports a L15B5 1.5 liter petrol engine, offering 130 PS power and 155 Nm torque and a R18ZA 1.8 liter petrol engine capable of 135 PS power and 169 Nm torque. The new XR-V will come in with a L15B5 and L15BS petrol engine turbocharged unit, offering top speed of 200 kmph.
Honda India has gone on record, and stated officially that they are planning to launch a SUV to take on the likes of Hyundai Creta. HRV fits the bill perfectly. If launched in India, the Honda HRV will be slotted below the CRV and above the BRV. It will most likely borrow engine from City sedan. These are 1.5 liter iVTEC petrol engine and 1.5 liter iDTEC engine. The engines will comply with the new BS VI emission norms. Honda HRV compact SUV could be showcased at the 2020 Auto Expo after which it will be launched in India, where it will rival the Hyundai Creta.