Honda has already discontinued its Civic and the CR-V in the Indian market. According to the reports the Japanese manufacturer is working on a mid-size SUV for the Indian market. Honda recently unveiled their new mid-size SUV, the HR-V also known as Vezel in some countries. While the HR-V never made its way to India, the latest third-generation is expected to get launched in our country.
The HR-V is one of the most attractive mid-size SUVs. It comes with a coupe profile that looks like the Porsche Cayenne Coupe from certain angles. At the front, the headlamps are inspired by the current generation City which was launched last year. The LED headlamps are sleek and end with a curve at the end. It also gets LED Daytime Running strip in the upper part.
The grille is unique as it comes with horizontal slats that are finished in body colour. In the lower half of the bumper, we get sleek fog lamps and a faux skid plate. We can also see the mesh grille for the air dam just above the faux skid plate.
Coming to the side profile, Honda has placed the rear door handle on the C-pillar, giving the SUV a two-door look. The wheel arches are sculpted, there is a chrome garnish near the door sill and you also get 5-spoke alloy wheels. If we look closely we can see that there is a camera mounted with the left outside rearview mirror, indicating that the SUV will come with a lane watch camera.
At the rear, the first thing that a person will notice is the sleek light bar that runs across the width of the SUV. The LED tail lamps are sleek and neatly integrates the brake lights into the light bar. However, we do not know if the light bar will be functional or not. We can see two slim reflector strips in the lower half of the bumper where there is also a silver faux skid plate.
Talking about the interiors, the HR-V will come with a similar layout that we have seen in the City. So, expect it to be a high-quality interior with leather seats, rear AC vents, wireless charger, semi digital instrument cluster, multi-function steering wheel, push-button to start/stop, automatic climate control and much more. There will be a floating touchscreen infotainment system which will come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. We are also expecting that HR-V will offer a sunroof to open up a sense of airiness in the cabin as the interiors of the SUV are finished in black for a sporty appeal. It will also come with connected car technology which will allow the buyer to remotely unlock/lock the car, honk or turn on/off the lights, geofencing, find my car and there will also be other features.
Powering the HR-V will be the same set of engines that we have seen in the 5th generation City. The 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine will produce 121 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 145 Nm. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-step CVT. The 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 100 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 200 Nm. The engine will only be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Once launched the Honda HR-V will be competing with the Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, upcoming Volkswagen Taigun and soon to be launching Skoda Kushaq.