Honda HR-V facelift: A strong rival to Hyundai Creta

Honda, the Japanese automaker is planning to bring in the facelift of the global product, Honda HR-V to the Indian market through the 2018 Auto Expo. The five-seater subcompact SUV-crossover has been already spied in the country and is all set to make its debut at the biennial event. 


The all-new Honda HR-V is all set to take on the popular subcompact SUV-crossover, Hyundai Creta in the Indian market. It will probably be its a strong competitor in the segment, as it brings along some exciting features that are not present in the HR-V.

The Honda HR-V will be slotted between the Honda BR-V and CR-V in the company’s portfolio. Let’s see feature-wise how the Honda HR-V will be a threat to the Hyundai Creta once launched.

Exterior design

The Honda HR-V facelift has received several significant updates over the global model, which will be launched in India soon. It shares most of its design cues with the Jazz and CR-V. It looks premium from outset featuring Honda’s latest signature grille up front with chrome garnished along with company’s logo. It gets new projector headlights with LED DRLs and reframed bumper with fog lamps.

The side profile of the car resembles just like that of CR-V with creases at the right places. Towards the rear, it gets curvy aerodynamic lines with a sloping roofline that complements well to the exterior styling of the car. The overall design of the car is in-line with the modern design principle, which is good enough to be threatful to its major rival, Hyundai Creta. It is expected to attract young car enthusiasts who will definitely fall for its attractive design and styling at first sight itself.

Interior delight

It is the interior of the Honda HR-V that gives it a huge advantage over the Creta. The car offers a premium cabin that is not only delightful and comfortable but also spacious enough to provide a comfortable ride for the occupants. It gets a dual-tone colour theme and the seats are upholstered in premium leathers. The dashboard gets Honda’s DIGIPAD infotainment system with Android Auto Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The car gets a plethora of features that enables you to have a comfortable and safe riding experience. It gets a reverse parking camera, keyless entry, traction control, steering mounted controls, tyre pressure monitoring system, vehicle stability assist and much more. In terms of safety, the car is equipped with dual front airbags, side airbags and Antilock Braking System (ABS) with EBD for safe braking.

Power mechanism

The powerplant of the India-bound Honda HR-V is expected to feature the popular 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol unit that currently drives the City sedan, while the diesel version will be powered by the 1.6-litre i-DTEC motor. The petrol version is good enough to produce a maximum power of 175 bhp, while that of the Hyundai Creta manages 121 bhp. On the other hand, the diesel version develops a maximum power of 118 bhp against 300 Nm of peak torque. You can easily compare the specs of Creta and Honda HR-V side by side on Autoportal.com as well.

Conclusion 

All in all the Honda HR-V facelift is going to be a show stealer at the Auto Expo 2018. Its styling and mechanism are equally good to that of Hyundai Creta, while it has some new elements that may undercut the rival. If offered at an aggressive price range, it will be a tough competition to the Hyundai Creta for sure.

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