Honda Cars India will finally enter the compact SUV segment later this year and the company dropped the first teaser of the model in January. Now, ahead of the big debut, Honda’s upcoming SUV has been spotted testing for the first time. Albeit camouflaged, the images reveal a great about what we can expect from the upcoming offering.
The new Honda SUV wears complete camouflage and shows a silhouette similar to the Honda WR-V sold internationally. The upright nose, sleek headlamps with LED DRLs, as well as an electric sunroof and roof rails. The rear sports a sloping roofline, raked windscreen, and multi-spoke alloy wheels. There’s also a tailgate mounted roof spoiler and a high shoulder line. The model also gets large windows with a large glasshouse area, promising a roomier-looking cabin.
The model will also be packed on features with the camouflaged test getting camera just under the ORVMs. Expect the model to come with Honda’s Lane Watch System, while ADAS is also likely, given the company already offers the same on the City Hybrid. Other features will most likely include a touchscreen infotainment system, MID unit, rear AC vents, ambient lighting and more. It needs to be seen if the model will be a five-seater or a seven-seater offering.
The Honda HR-V will about 4.2 metres in length, which pits against models like the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Astor, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq and many more. Let’s not forget the more direct rivals Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder and Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, both of which are strong hybrid options.
Speaking of which, the upcoming Honda SUV will get petrol and strong hybrid engines upon launch. This includes the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre hybrid petrol shared with the city. Transmission choices will include the 6-speed manual, CVT and eCVT options. It needs to be seen if AWD will be an option on the model. Sadly, Honda’s 1.5 diesel engine will not be available considering the company’s decision to discontinue the oil burner given the upcoming RDE norms.
The Honda SUV is expected to debut by mid-year while the launch is likely to take place around the festive season. Prices should start from around Rs 11 lakh onwards.