Jeep Compass-rival Honda HR-V an option for India, says CEO
Honda has finally started talking about the launch prospects of Honda HR-V which has raised speculations about its launch date in India for quite some time. A popular news daily recently quoted Yoichiro Ueno, President & CEO of Honda Cars India as saying that the Honda HR-V is being ‘studied’ for a launch in the Indian market. This internationally acclaimed SUV will be slotted between the BR-V and the upcoming new Honda CR-V in the product portfolio of the company in the Indian market. The cost of Honda HR-V will be in the range of INR 12-15 lakh in India.
“It (Honda HR-V) is one of Honda’s successful models across many markets and this is being studied for India. We are receiving a lot of enquiries, and are making an assessment. It can be one of the options for India as we reinforce our SUV portfolio here. The market is shifting to SUVs and we are strongly following the trend.”, said Ueno, according to a popular news daily.
The HR-V is likely to be launched in both petrol and diesel engine options in India. The petrol engine will be the 1.5 litre, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated iVTEC motor from the City and the diesel engine will be a 1.6 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged motor from the Earth Dreams family of the company.
With the recently concluded Auto Expo 2018, the new Honda launches that are lined up to be released in India are the new-generation Amaze, new tenth-generation Civic and CR-V. The new tenth-generation Civic will be launched with an 8 litre iVTEC petrol engine along with the 1.6 litre Earth Dreams Diesel motor. The new CR-V will also be launched with the same diesel engine option.
According to a TOI report, Ueno has been quoted as saying “The Civic will be driven in later this year, and this will be placed over the City sedan.” He continued, “We have been on the fringe of the luxury SUV market as we never had a diesel engine. Now, the new car will come with a 1.6 litre diesel while there will be a choice between a 2 litre and 2.4 litre engine in petrol. It is still being finalised.”
So, are you waiting for the launch of Honda HR-V in India?