After a mild success of Honda WR-V in the Indian market, the manufacturer has decided to bring in the compact SUV that will sit above the BR-V in the line-up to take on the likes of Hyundai Creta and Nissan Kicks. Honda HR-V is believed to bring competition against the segment leader Hyundai Creta.
Honda HR-V is on sale in many international markets and considered to be a good option in the compact SUV segment. In India, Honda HR-V will fill the gap between the WR-V and the CR-V. Honda India has showcased the vehicle to its dealerships, which assures the launch of the car in the near future. If rumors to be believed, then Honda India will launch the SUV just before or during the festive season in October 2019.
Looking at the past launches of Honda, except for the Honda WR-V, all other SUV models by Honda India have received a lukewarm response from the Indian market. Hyundai India launched Creta back in 2015 and auto enthusiasts thought that Honda India will immediately bring Honda HR-V after realizing the initial success of Creta in the growing Indian SUV segment. Some might say that Honda has arrived late to the party but we’ll have to wait and watch the response from the consumers.
Before we start guessing consumer response, let’s see how does it stand against the Hyundai Creta? Let’s compare the dimensions to make our case.
Honda HR-V vs Hyundai Creta Dimensions Comparison:-
The international-spec Honda HR-V, which is already on sale in many other markets measures 4,295mm in length, 1,770mm in width and 1,605mm in height. It gets a wheelbase of 2,610mm.
The Hyundai Creta, which is already on sale in India measures 4,270mm in length, 1,780mm in width, 1,630mm in height and wheelbase of 2,590mm.
The Honda HR-V is slightly longer than the Creta and has a longer wheelbase, but the Creta is broader and stands taller than the HR-V
HR-V vs Creta Engine Specs Comparison:-
Like in the international markets, the Honda is expected to provide the same 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel engine options that are available on Honda City in India. Honda HR-V 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol will generate a maximum power of 118 Bhp and 145 Nm of peak torque. Honda HR-V 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel will generate a maximum power of 98.6 BHP and 200 Nm of peak torque. Since Honda India will target Hyundai Creta, there is a chance that Honda might introduce 1.6-liter engine options that generate 130 Bhp and 150 Nm of peak torque for petrol and 118 Bhp and 300 Nm of peak torque for diesel respectively. Both engine options should ideally be launched with both manual and automatic transmissions options.
The Hyundai Creta gets powered by three engine options in India. There are two diesel engine options and a single petrol engine option. The diesel variants get a 1.4-liter engine that generates a maximum of 89 Bhp and 220 Nm. The higher powered diesel variants get the 1.6-liter engine that produces a maximum of 126 Bhp and 260 Nm. It gets a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission.
Specification - Diesel
Specification - Diesel
The petrol variants only get the 1.6-liter engine that produces a maximum of 121 Bhp and 151 Nm. It gets a 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
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