Honda has unveiled a new mid-size SUV based on the CR-V. To be sold as the Honda Breeze, the new model will be retailed alongside the CR-V in China. It has been developed under the joint venture of Honda and GAC Group of China.
Honda has unveiled the Breeze mid-size SUV for the Chinese car market. The new model is based on the CR-V but gets cosmetics upgrades in the form of styling elements which resembles those on the HRV, Accord, and Civic. The car will be China-specific and is not expected to come down to Indian showroom floors anytime soon.
Honda Breeze Black Edition incorporates blackened wheels and conventional halogen bulb foglights.
Technically, the car is based on Honda’s own premium SUV, the CR-V. Platform-sharing is not a new practice in the automotive world as it is an economical way to repurpose existing models according to the market expectation and sell them alongside each other. The Honda Breeze is the outcome of same dexterity achieved by the JV of Honda and China-based GAC Group. Thus, the Breeze shares identical measurement for its width and height as the CR-V, but is 46mm longer in length.
Breeze takes a familiar approach to its design, by making use of a wider single chrome slat on the front grille, which is in accordance with several other Hondas sold globally. With sleeker and sharper LED headlamp design, Breeze differentiates itself from the CR-V. At the rear, Breeze incorporates slimmer LED tail lamps which are surrounded by a bezel finished in piano black, running across the width of the car. Breeze comes with a sense of sportiness with the use of twin trapezoidal exhaust tips at the rear-end and a front bumper design making use of sharp creases with trapezoidal lower air dam and blackened fog lamp housings. To further spruce it up, there’s a black trim lower down the door sills, running across the car to give it a distinct appeal.
Honda Breeze gets slimmer rear LED tail lamps surrounded with a piano-black bezel.
The Breeze, for now, will be sold alongside the CR-V in the Chinese market, with two different engine options to choose from. The engine options include a turbocharged 193 bhp 1.5-litre and naturally-aspirated 185 bhp 2.4-litre petrol units. Both the motors come mated to a CVT each. The new model will be sold in two trims - Standard and Black Edition. Both the models will be available with 2WD and AWD configurations.
Front three-quarters of Honda CR-V, car on which Bezel is based on (For representation purpose only).
Like we said, as of now, Honda has no plans of launching the Breeze in India, but we believe it has the potential to serve as a facelift for the CR-V globally. For India, Honda is currently planning to launch the HRV to take on the likes of Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.