Scoop: Honda Readying New Compact SUV for India

Given the rise in demand for SUVs, Honda Cars are getting new SUVs ready for markets worldwide. Though Honda is yet to announce it officially, it is known that the Japanese auto-maker is planning to launch compact SUVs for India.

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Honda is mulling the next generation HR-V for the Indian market. This will be an upmarket product. Presented as CKD, the SUV will be vying for your attention along-side Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta. A sub-4 meter SUV launch is also expected.

The launches can be expected in 2022/23. Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon will find a tough rival in the Honda sub-4 meter SUV. Initially, to be launched in Japan in early summer, the SUV may well be christened ZR-V.

The Amaze platform forms the basis of the sub-4 meter offering. Both the next-generation HR-V and the XR-V crossover being sold in China shall inspire the styling cues on the ‘ZR-V’. The latter could be bought with the option of two petrol engines. There will be a 3 cylinder turbo-charged 1 litre petrol engine generating 121 bhp and 175 Nm of torque. A 1.5 litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, complete with Honda’s compact hybrid system (e:HEV) will be featured, too. The new-generation Jazz hatchback is also available with this hybrid system. It will also be offered on the yet to be launched City RS Hybrid.

Positioned below the HR-V, a mid-sized SUV is also the subject of launch consideration. The Jazz platform is said to the basis for the prototype. Competitive pricing would be facilitated if Honda considers using the Amaze platform. This new SUV will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.

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