Honda India gears up to introduce an all new SUV. Also known as Vezel, XRV in some countries, the new HR-V for India is slated for launch by later this year. It is part of the company’s 6 new launches, which are being planned for India. Of these 6, Honda has already launched 3 – Civic, CRV and Amaze. Next up are HRV, new City and BRV facelift.
The current generation Honda HR-V has been on sale since 2013 in many countries. It received its first mid-cycle update in 2018. It is this facelifted HRV that has now been showcased to authorized Honda dealers at an event in New Delhi.
The new Honda HR-V will be positioned between the CR-V and BR-V in the company lineup in India. It will be launched in the segment where cars like Hyundai Creta, Tata Harrier, etc are currently on sale.
Boasting of aerodynamic / coupe like styling, 2019 Honda HR-V measures 4,295mm in length, 1,770mm in width and 1,605mm in height. It has a 2,610mm long wheelbase and ground clearance of 180mm. These dimensions are very similar to that of Hyundai Creta, which is the best selling car in the segment currently.
Speaking about features, Honda HR-V on sale outside India, is well equipped with latest in tech and passenger comfort features. Positioned on machine cut 17” alloy wheels, the Honda HR-V gets Civic like LED lights. It also gets cruise control, paddle shifters, automatic air conditioning, leather upholstery, 8 way power driver seat, sunroof and a 7” touchscreen infotainment system. In terms of safety, it gets multiple airbags, ABS, EBD, lane assist, etc.
2019 Honda HR-V in India will be powered by the same set of petrol and diesel engine options which are currently on offer with the recently launched Civic. These are 1.8 liter petrol engine and 1.6 liter diesel engine. These deliver 141 PS / 174 Nm and 120 PS / 300 Nm respectively. Transmission options on offer will also be same, manual with diesel engine and CVT with petrol option.
There is also a possibility that Honda launches the HRV only with a petrol engine option, as diesel HRV BS6 variant will be very expensive. Sales of Civic show that 80% buyers prefer petrol engine. More details will be revealed closer to launch date.