India Today : Sep 02, 2019, 04:58 PM
Honda Cars India will not be launching HR-V in the country. The plan to bring Honda HR-V has been shelved by the carmaker, with the primary reason reportedly being the price of the vehicle.
Earlier this year, our shutterbugs had captured a heavily-camouflaged test-mule of Honda HR-V in Noida. We were expecting the vehicle to be launched in the country in the fourth quarter of 2019. Upon its launch, HR-V would have rivalled against the likes of Kia Seltos, MG Hector, Tata Harrier, Renault Captur and Hyundai Creta.
Our shutterbugs had captured a heavily-camouflaged test-mule of Honda HR-V in Noida earlier this year.
According to a report by Autocar India, the carmaker was focussing on localising HR-V to the extent of 30 per cent with several components sourced from local suppliers. However, the import of nearly 70 per cent components from various countries would have pushed the price of HR-V to such an extent that it would have been detrimental to the future of the vehicle in India.
The plan to launch Honda HR-V in India has reportedly been dropped.
We were expecting Honda HR-V to feature chrome grille, LED headlamps, LED DRLs, rectangular LED fog lamps, LED taillamps, five-spoke alloy wheels and shark-fin antenna. The cabin would have had touchscreen infotainment system, digital multi-information display and multi-function steering wheel.
Although there was nothing official but speculations were that Honda HR-V would have shared the engine configurations with the recently-launched tenth-generation Honda Civic, which gets a 1.8-litre i-VTEC petrol mill and a 1.6-litre i-DTEC turbo diesel motor.