To be launched in early 2015.
Honda has released a teaser video for its Honda HR-V crossover, which will launch in Indonesia in early 2015. Launched as Vezel in Japan last year, the HR-V is based on the same platform as the India-bound Jazz hatchback.
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After being presented in markets like China (as the Vezel and the XR-V), Thailand, and Japan (as the Vezel) etc., the HR-V is destined to be launched in Indonesia, positioned against similarly sized vehicles like the Ford EcoSport and Nissan Juke. The vehicle was earlier confirmed for local production in the country, making it only the second destination in the world to manufacture the car. Honda's Mexican plant (in Celaya) will also produce the US-spec version next year.
Engine options for the HR-V will include a 1.5-litre petrol engine and a larger 1.8-litre unit. The 1.5-litre engine makes a maximum of power of 118 hp at 6,600 rpm of power and maximum torque of 145 Nm at 4,600 rpm. It will be available in four three trim levels, namely A, S, and E, and can be chosen with either a manual transmission or a CVT automatic. The larger 1.8-litre engine that makes 138 hp at 6,500 rpm and 169 Nm at 4,300 rpm, will only be available in 'Prestige' trim, and with a CVT gearbox.
The HR-V was first showcased in Indonesia at the Indonesia International Motor Show in September 2014, in standard, Modulo and Mugen variants. It's 4,295 mm long, boasts a wheelbase of 2,610 mm, has a ground clearance of 185 mm and gets safety features like dual front airbags, ABS, EBD, ESP, electric parking brake, and hill start assist.
The 5-seater vehicle isn't destined to reach the Indian market, but reports say that instead a Brio-based compact SUV will be launched.