If Honda HR-V were to come to Indian shores then it would get a 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine like the Civic and a 1.8-litre petrol engine.
Honda HR-V, the much anticipated SUV from the Japanese manufacturer made several headlines when spy shots of the same were caught on Indin roads. Now, fresh report say that the HR-V from Honda is not coming to India at all.
The main reason why the Honda HR-V India launch was cancelled is because of the high price factor. The Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos if were to come in the Indian market, it would have sported 1.8-litre naturally aspirated petrol and 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine.
Honda wanted to heavily localise the production for HR-V but could manage only 30% of it totally. And with the current automotive industry slowdown, the total units promised to vendors were 12,000 which was revised to 8,000 and now to no production at all.
The UV market in India is growing and the Japanese manufacturer had to make a tough call for stalling the production. It is believed with the recent entry of MG Motors and Kia Motors and the competitive pricing they put for the Indian market is really impressive and the HR-V couldn’t beat that pricing at all plus it wasn’t good for the business.
Honda will also be compensating its vendors who participated in the early production run and invested a sum of money into developing tool for the prototype. Autocar says there is no official word on how much the amount will be but sources close to them say that it roughly sums to Rs 20 lakh per vendor, depending on the part.
Well, that was it for the Honda UV market and the products it has to offers remain unchanged. Honda currently sells the WR-V, BR-V and the big sibling CR-V in the UV market for Indian shores.
In other news, Honda will also introduce BS6 petrol and diesel engine before the emission norms take place. In addition, Honda has also said that it is working on hybrid engines for smaller cars which could include the City and the Civic. Honda City is expected to be the first car from the stable and is likely to be seen at 2020 Auto Expo.