Honda will launch two new SUVs in 2021. The two upcoming SUVs are rumoured to be the next-gen Honda HR-V and a brand new sub-four-meter SUV.
It is reported earlier that Honda will probably launch three new SUVs in the international market within the next two or three years. In a more recent report, it is suggested that Honda will roll off two new SUVs, a compact and a mid-sized SUV, in 2021. These two vehicles have been spotted doing test recently.
Honda is planning to launch two new SUVs in the international market
The first Honda SUV to enter the market is expected to be the next-gen Honda HR-V. It is likely to go on sale in March 2021. The second SUV is reported to be a sub-four-meter SUV which is rumoured to be named the Honda ZR-V. The launch of this new sub-four-meter SUV will happen sometime in May 2021. Upon its arrival, the new Honda SUV will go up against the likes of Suzuki Jimny, Toyota Raize and Daihatsu Rocky in the international market.
Back to the upcoming Honda HR-V, the next-gen version is revealed to go on sale with three engine options, including 1.5L i-VTEC, 1.5L VTEC Turbo and 1.5L i-MMD e:HEV. On the other hand, the second SUV, Honda ZR-V, is expected to derive power from a 1.0-litre 3-cylinder VTEC Turbo engine. This engine can be found on the Honda Civic Turbo in the European market as well as the Thailand-spec Honda City Turbo. There might be a 1.5-litre VTEC petrol engine which is currently available in a few market.
New Honda HR-V will be underpinned by the new Honda Global Platform
Besides, the Honda HR-V will also be the first vehicle to be built on Honda’s new chassis called Honda Global Platform. Some reports suggest that the new HR-V will measure around 4.4 meters in length. On the other hand, the new sub-four-meter SUV will employ the new City platform which is currently used on the existing HR-V SUV.
For the Indian market, Honda is yet to confirm to bring any of the new compact SUV to our market. The previous report indicates that India-specHonda HR-V and Honda ZR-V will be based on the new Amaze platform. The new-gen ZR-V, if launched, will fare against the likes of Hyundai Venue, Maruti Brezza, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and Ford EcoSport.