The HR-V has a quality build outside and inside, and features a range of class features which may attract a lot of prospective buyers for its competition.
Honda has been planning to introduce some cars from its global portfolio in India, the latest to be most likely to be released by the Japanese automaker is the HR-V Crossover SUV. The car is placed below the CR-V, and takes up after it’s bigger sibling by keeping the signature curvy Honda design, but featuring a large stance. It follows the current generation Honda design language and features the sharp swept back headlamps with the large wide single plate grille in the middle. As it will join Hondas lineup below the CR-V, it is expected to compete with the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos, and maybe even the Jeep Compass.
On the exterior the HR-V may even be considered a better looking car than the CR-V if one prefers the more aggressive look. The elongated headlamps with the wide grille, especially if paired with the optional honeycomb grille is similar to the Civic Type R’s front, aggressive yet not overtly. The headlamps, taillamps and the DRLs are all LED. The shape may be of a crossover but the size of the HR-V gives it an attractive road presence, it rides on 18 inch Sport black alloy wheels.
The interior of the crossover is somewhat similar to what we have in the WR-V, with the infotainment screen, and other controls aligned towards the driver. The climate control settings are under touch sensitive panels as seen in some other Honda cars, and the infotainment unit is a 7 inch one. There are two small displays on either side of the speedometer in the instrument cluster, which can be customised with steering mounted controls for different data on the screens. The car also comes with paddle shifters on the steering, which make using the car a very easy affair indeed. There is plenty of space for five people, the car is spacious and wrapped in leather while the front seats also come with a heating function.
The Honda comes with a four cylinder power unit, the 1.8 litre engine makes 141 horsepower and 127 pound per feet of torque. The Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) comes with sport mode and dual-mode paddle shifters. The optional AWD system which is available on all trims of the car, comes with an intelligent control system which can manage the power on each wheel to keep the grip in bad weather conditions of off-road conditions. The engine is not a particularly powerful one, which just accelerates to a hundred in 8.6 seconds but it has been designed for city driving rather than a sporty use.
Honda has debated about the introduction of the car into India ever since it’s launch more than five years ago, and came as close as releasing it in 2020. Insight has even revealed that the car has been spotted in the country, the HR-V will be able to compete directly with the Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Creta both of which are based on the same chassis, but offer varied types of features which have led to their immense success in the country. The features and the quality offered in these cars have appealed to the Indian customer base, away from the big and burly SUVs which have for some time been considered the favored car type. The HR-V will be able to match with the Civic in pricing, with the cars offering a similar package albeit in different shape and size.
The HR-V may be launched by Honda on the 10th of January, sources have suggested but nothing concrete can be said. It will be priced starting around 13 lacs INR and go up to 20 lacs similar to how its competitors are priced, and will give the customers a new quality option from Honda to choose in the heavily saturated segment.
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