Honda HRV India Launch Soon, Auto Expo 2018 Debut Likely


With the exception of the City mid-size sedan, all the other products in Honda’s portfolio have been facing a tough time in the Indian market. Even the City has had to fight hard with the Maruti Ciaz and the new Hyundai Verna. New products like the BR-V have been unable to meet expectations in terms of sales. The Mobilio MPV, on the other hand, has been taken off the shelves. However, in the coming 12 months or so, Honda Cars India plans to bring popular products from its international lineup to India. These include the new generations of the Civic and the CR-V along with the HR-V small SUV. The Honda HR-V, upon its India launch, will sit above the BR-V and cost around Rs. 14-18 lakh. Expect the Honda HRV India launch date to fall around the end of 2018.

honda hrv india launch -official image front angle

Also See – Upcoming Honda Cars in India | Honda Cars at Auto Expo 2018

Honda HRV India Launch Date

Launch Date Mid-2018

Honda is expected to launch a slew of new models in the next 18 months or so. The HRV could be launched sometimes in the middle of the next calendar year. Honda HRV India debut is likely to take place at the 2018 Auto Expo. It will become the fourth crossover/SUV offering from the Japanese car maker in India after the WR-V, BR-V and CR-V.

Also See – Honda WR-V | 2017 Honda City

Honda HRV Price in India

Honda HR-V Base Model Rs. 14 lakh
Honda HR-V Top Model Rs. 18 lakh

The upcoming SUV from Honda will slot in above the BR-V and the Hyundai Creta. While the official price list will be made public on the Honda HRV India launch date, it will definitely cost a bit more than BR-V. Expect prices to start around the Rs 14 lakh mark. Although similar in size to the Creta, it will be marketed as a more premium offering. The upcoming Renault Kaptur could turn out to be one of its biggest rivals in India.

Honda HRV India Specifications

Specifications Petrol Diesel
Engine 1.5 L Petrol 1.5 L Diesel
Power 130 PS 100 PS
Torque 155 Nm 200 Nm
Transmission 6-speed Manual/CVT 6-speed Manual
Estimated Mileage 17-19 KMPL 20-22 KMPL

In all probability, the HR-V will get the same engines as the Honda City. In the UK, the HR-V gets a 1.5 L petrol and a 1.6 L Diesel. However, for India, the Diesel engine is likely to be the 1.5 L unit that powers every Honda diesel car in India. Keeping the slightly higher price of the Honda HR-V in mind, Honda might consider launching the HRV small SUV with a 1.8 L petrol engine that will also power the upcoming Honda Civic. This engine makes about 135 BHP and 170 Nm.

Honda HRV India Mileage

  1.5 L Petrol 1.5 L Diesel
Estimated Mileage 17-19 KMPL 20-22 KMPL

As is the case with other Honda products currently on sale, expect healthy fuel efficiency figures from the upcoming HRV SUV.

Honda HRV India Features

  • LED DRLs
  • LED headlamps
  • Sunroof
  • 16 inch Alloy wheels
  • 7 inch Digipad Infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support
  • Choice of manual and automatic transmission option (petrol)
  • Dual front airbags and ABS as standard
  • Automatic headlamps
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Reverse parking camera
  • Electrically adjustable and retractable ORVMs
  • Cruise control
  • Hill start assist
  • Paddle shifters
  • Leather upholstery

Honda HR-V India Dimensions

Length 4294 mm
Width 1772 mm
Height 1605 mm
Wheelbase 2610 mm

The HR-V is similar in size to the Hyundai Creta, but it will cost more than the popular small SUV.

Honda HRV India Review – Exterior Design

honda hrv india official image front angle

The Honda HR-V or Vezel made its debut in 2013 at the Tokyo Motor Show. It is based on the 2013 Honda Urban SUV concept. It features sleek headlamps with projector units and LED daytime running lamps. The thick slab housing the Honda logo gets a chrome strip running through the middle. For the Indian market, the entire slab could come finished in chrome. The side profile is characterised by body cladding for the wheels arches and a sloping roofline. Much like the Chevrolet Beat, the rear door handle is mounted high right next to the rear window. At the back, there are split tail lamps that could feature LED detailing. While the overall design is smart, the tail lights do look a tad oversized. While it is not big in terms of appearance, it will be more expensive than the similarly sized Hyundai Creta.

Honda HRV India Review – Interior Design

The HRV’s interior features typical Honda elements. The steering wheel is quite similar to Honda products currently on sale in India. So is the instrument cluster and the touch sensitive auto aircon setup. Expect the HR-V to feature Honda’s 7 inch Digipad infotainment system currently available on the WR-V and City. The passenger side of the dashboard gets a unique three vent setup. Unlike the BR-V, the HR-V will only feature seating for 5 occupants. The HR-V boasts 393 litres of boot space.

honda hrv india official image interiors

Honda HRV India – Engine and Transmission Options

The HR-V could come with the same engine options as the Honda City – 1.5 L Petrol and 1.5 L Diesel. The petrol will get automatic and manual transmission options. While the diesel will be manual only. Also on offer could a bigger 1.8 L petrol that will power the upcoming Civic sedan. More details on the specifications of the upcoming Honda HRV in India as we get them. While the UK-spec HR-V gets a 1.6 L diesel, India is unlikely to get that engine. Exact details will be revealed on the Honda HRV India launch date.

Honda HRV Images

Stay tuned to Car Blog India for more updates on the upcoming Honda HRV India launch date, price and more. Do you think the Honda HR-V will be successful in India? Do let us know via the comments section below.

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