Honda HR-V is a possibility for India, says CEO

With the BR-V, Honda Cars India has forayed into the flourishing compact crossover market. If the new model meets the automaker’s expectations in terms of sales, it would be logical to explore the crossover segment further.

Talking to Autocar India, Yoichiro Ueno, Honda India’s CEO, said that though the company has not decided on anything yet, it would consider BR-V as one of its future products if it sees the potential in the market.

Honda HR-V at 2016 Geneva Motor Show
The HR-V is based on the City’s platform.

The compact crossover which is popular in the international markets will be positioned above the HR-V if it’s launched in India. The 5-seater competes with the likes of Hyundai Creta, Peugeot 2008, Jeep Renegade, etc., in the international markets.

Sharing its underpinnings with the Jazz and City, the HR-V for the international markets is available with petrol, hybrid and diesel powertrains. The 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.6-litre i-DTEC (to debut in India on board the new CR-V in 2017) appear to be the viable candidates for India. Both manual and automatic transmission would be offered.

Honda HR-V at 2016 Geneva Motor Show
Internationally, the HR-V is positioned as a more compact alternative to the CR-V.

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Mr. Ueno also said that based on the response received by the upcoming Honda Accord Hybrid, the company will take a call on introducing more hybrid models in India.


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