The demand for the crossovers has been on an exponential rise in the Indian market. Many manufacturers are offering a car in this segment, which includes the likes of the Nissan Kicks, Renault Captur, Hyundai Creta and much more. It seems that Honda too, wants a piece of this cake. The Japanese manufacturer is rumoured to soon offer the HR-V model in the Indian market to compete with the cars mentioned. This car will slot in between the BR-V MPV, which is also expected to receive a facelift soon, and the CR-V SUV in the Indian market. The car will most probably be offered only with a BS – VI compliant petrol motor and a diesel powerplant will be missed out on owing to the stringent emission norms that will be enforced from next year.
On sale since 2013 in international markets, the HR-V measures 4,295mm long, 1,770mm wide and stands 1,605 mm tall. A wheelbase of 2,610 mm will ensure there is enough space in the cabin. A ground clearance of 180 mm will ensure that this cross over manages to navigate our roads without scraping the bottom. The design of the HR-V is more like a sporty coupé and less like a brute SUV, which may appeal to some people, while many would prefer brutish looks. A facelift model was launched back in 2018 and we are very likely to receive the same in our market.
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Under the bonnet, expect the naturally aspirated 1.8-litre motor to be used in the HR-V. This engine is good for 141 PS @ 6500 rpm and 174 NM of peak torque @ 4300 rpm in the sedan. Expect it to get some tweaks and different power output to suit the characteristics of a crossover. Although the in the Civic, this motor is only offered with a CVT automatic transmission, expect a manual to be offered too with the HR-V. Some rumours suggest that Honda may use the small 1.5-litre petrol motor from the Honda City in this car to keep the price low, which is very crucial for the success of this vehicle in our price sensitive market. Keep looking at this space for more news on this upcoming Japanese crossover which is expected to priced below the Civic sedan, when launched in our market.