Honda Cars India President and CEO, Yoichiro Ueno stated that Honda will consider the premium Honda HR-V if there is demand in the Indian market.
Ueno was speaking to the Press Trust of India. He said that it all depends on the customer's voice. If there is a lot of demand or request then Honda might look at it.
The Honda HR-V was first showcased at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the HR-V which is also called as Vezel in Japan was ruled out of Indian market due to its expensive cost.
Although the HR-V is based on the Jazz platform, which is very well localised in India, the parts and components of the HR-V have a huge difference to that of Jazz.
The look and feel of the components used in the Honda HR-V are of the high premium quality, so the manufacturing cost will rise up compared to the Jazz. This was the main reason behind the HR-V not making it to India.
The HR-V is sold as a premium product in other Asian developing markets. So honda introduced Brio-based BR-V which sits beneath the HR-V. This model is an integral part of Honda Car India's SUV lineup.
In the Indonesian market which is considered an identical to the Indian market, the top of the line Honda HR-V sells for Rs 7 lakh which is more than the price of top-end BR-V.
If the Honda HR-V is launched in India it will be powered by 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine and 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel engine. The petrol variant will be getting the CVT and manual gearbox whereas the diesel model will only get a manual transmission.
Honda Cars India is reported to launch the Jazz- based crossover model, the Honda WR-V around March 2017. The WR-V will make its official debut next month at the Sao Paulo Auto Show.