Honda’s New 5-Seater SUV: HR-V Launched For Rs 18 Lakh: Can It Launch In India As Well?
Honda HR-V Launch
Coming to the Indian market, Honda has been losing its market share in the Indian passenger car segment for quite some time.
Among the other reasons, a somewhat weak product lineup in the country could be the one of the reasons for this sales slump.
But it can not be denied that the launch of the 5th generation Honda City helped boost sales and attract more customers into the showrooms across India.
It seems that Honda is yet to get a stronghold in the Indian automotive market.
Strengthening Product Line
Presently, Honda’s product lineup in India consists of Honda Amaze sub-4m sedan, Honda Jazz hatchback, Honda WR-V sub-4m SUV, Honda City (4th Generation) sedan, and Honda City (5th Generation) sedan.
It is expected that the launch of Honda HR-V in the Indian market will significantly boost the sales of Honda cars in the country.
This new launch will be positioned among some of the better-selling models including the MG Hector, Tata Harrier, Volkswagen Taigun, etc.
The introduction of the third-generation Honda HR-V in Indonesia with the inclusion of the RS variant is a positive indication of a strong product lineup in that country.
Considering this strong product lineup, Honda has a strong foothold in the Indonesian automotive market.
Honda HR-V Specifications
Coming to Honda HR-V model in Indonesia, the 5-seater SUV is available in 4 trim levels.
The Honda HR-V is priced from 355.9 million rupiahs (Rs 18.89 lakh) in Indonesia.
The model will be with two engine options.
But, only the RS trim level gets the potent turbocharged 1.5-litre power unit and the rest of the trim levels use the 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated V-TEC powertrains.
The standard 1.5-litre V-TEC power unit produces 119.34bhp of peak power and 145Nm of torque.
At the same time, the turbocharged 1.5-litre engine in the Honda HR-V produces a healthier 174.5bhp of peak power and 240Nm of peak torque.
Further, both the engines come mated to a CVT gearbox as standard.
Interestingly, the Honda HR-V launched in Thailand is powered by a much more fuel-efficient Hybrid powertrain consisting of a 103.5bhp 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle engine and two electric motors.
This powertrain produces a combined power output of 129.2bhp of peak power and 253Nm of peak torque.
So, the option will be really convenient for Indian consumers if Honda plans to offer the above mentioned engine options in HR-V in India.
The Honda HR-V is offered in 6 different exterior color schemes – Lunar Silver Metallic, Meteoroid Grey Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Sand Khaki Pearl (dual tone) and Ignite Red Metallic (dual tone) in Indonesia.
It seems that the launch of Honda HR-V will give Honda a much-needed sales boost in India along with a more premium image.