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Honda HR-V Spied In India Yet Again; Could Launch This Festive Season


The HR-V will replace the ailing BR-V and hopefully take on the tough competition better

 

  • Styling largely expected to remain the same as the international-spec model.
  • Expected to be feature-loaded, include Honda’s LaneWatch camera.
  • Likely to share its powertrains with the City sedan.
  • Honda is expected to launch the HR-V before the upcoming festive season.

The Honda BR-V is a product that hasn’t reaped numbers for Honda India. Part of the reason is the fact that it rather looks like a more stylish MPV. Honda is now set to launch the more SUV-ish HR-V to take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, Nissan Kicks and the highly anticipated Kia Seltos. The HR-V has been spied again as it inches closer to its launch date sometime before the upcoming festive season. Here’s everything that you should know about it:

The Honda HR-V is expected to garner positive first impressions thanks to its SUV-ish stance - this could automatically make it more appealing than the MPV-like BR-V. Honda’s signature chrome ‘Solid Wing Face’ grille and all-LED headlamps will be present on the HR-V for that added premium look. Spy shots show the test units are fitted with sleek LED fog lamps too. In profile, the HR-V has two sharp creases for that sculpted look, while the flared wheel-arches and 5-spoke alloy wheels give it some much needed muscle. The HR-V’s rear door handles are placed behind the window, effectively hiding them and giving the compact-SUV a two-door feel. At the back, the WR-V gets a split tail lamp setup.

While the interior of the Indian-spec HR-V hasn’t been spied yet, expect it to closely resemble its international version.

The HR-V is present in the highly competitive compact SUV segment and is expected to be loaded with features like a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Honda LaneWatch camera a la Civic, a sunroof, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, climate control as well as cruise control.

It is also expected to pack safety features like multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors with backup camera, electronic stability program as well as traction control.

While the international-spec HR-V comes with 1.8-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines, Honda India might plonk the smaller 1.5-litre units from the City in it to keep costs in check. The i-VTEC unit produces 118PS and 145Nm while the i-DTEC unit churns out 100PS and 200Nm. Transmission options are also expected to be carried over from the City.

The Honda HR-V is expected to be priced from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom) and will take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Captur, Nissan Kicks and the upcoming Kia Seltos. Stay tuned to ZigWheels for further updates on the HR-V.

 

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