Japanese automobile giant, Honda has come up with interesting products over the years. Their most recent launch was the Mobilio MPV, which has been well accepted by many. They have also unveiled their close to production model of their hydrogen powered FCV.
Honda had earlier this year showcased their compact SUV globally at the 2014 Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris. The Japanese manufacturer christened the vehicle as HR-V. It borrows design elements from their full-sized CR-V SUV and Brio hatchback.
The HR-V will also be known as Vezel in certain markets. Honda is expected to launch this compact SUV in United States and Europe soon. The Japanese manufacture, however, has gone ahead and launched their HR-V in Thailand.
Honda have confirmed there variants of their HR-V, which will be priced between INR 16,77,643 to INR 19,66,000. Their goal is to realistically sell roughly 20,000 compact SUVs in Thailand alone on a yearly basis.
As of now Honda is providing a single power train in their HR-V. Under the bonnet of Thailand's compact SUV is a 1.8-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine. It produces a maximum power output of 139 bhp, along with 172 Nm of peak torque.
The engine is paired to a CVT gearbox and powers only front wheels. Currently there is no 4WD option on offer by Honda. It will get ABS, EBD, EBD, Hill Start Assist , auto hold, electric parking brake and dual airbags upfront as standard equipment.
The HR-V by Honda will be coming to India for sure, however, time period has not been confirmed. Once launched in India it will compete with the likes of Nissan Terrano, Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport. India specific model could get manual transmission as well as a diesel mill and smaller petrol engine.