While there have been many speculations regarding the Honda HR-V India launch date, it’s only now that the company has actually started talking about the launch prospects. A recent report by a popular news daily quotes Yoichiro Ueno, president and CEO of Honda Cars India as saying that the HR-V is being ‘studied’ for a launch in the Indian market. If and when launched here, this internationally-acclaimed SUV will find itself slotted between the BR-V and the upcoming new Honda CR-V in the company’s product portfolio for our market. In India, the HR-V will cost Rs 12-15 lakh.
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Ueno is reported to have said,”It is (HR-V) 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”
The Honda HR-V is likely to launch here in both petrol and Diesel engine options. While the petrol engine on offer will be the tried-and-tested 1.5-litre, four-cylinder, naturally aspirated iVTEC motor from the City, the oil burner on offer will be a 1.6-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged motor from the company’s Earth Dreams family.
Honda’s new car offensive will soon start with the launch of the new-generation Amaze, which is likely to have a starting price of Rs 5.5 lakh. As reflected by the company’s lineup at the recently concluded Auto Expo 2018, it also plans to bring in the new, tenth-generation Civic and the new CR-V to our shores. The new-gen Civic will launch with a 1.8-litre iVTEC petrol engine and the 1.6-litre Earth Dreams Diesel motor. “The Civic will be driven in later this year, and this will be placed over the City sedan,” Ueno said. Even the new CR-V will launch with the same Diesel engine option. “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 a 2.4-litre engine in petrol. It is still being finalised,” the TOI report quoted Ueno as saying.
So, are you waiting for the Honda HR-V India launch to take place?