When Honda introduced the all-new third generation Vezel in Japan in 2021, it expected 5,000 bookings per month. Instead, it got 30,000 bookings, a six-times bigger number.
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There are more than one signs to believe that Honda intends to launch its subcompact crossover SUV, HR-V in Pakistan. Yes! HR-V is also called Vezel in many markets, including Japan. The crossover SUV market in Pakistan has grown from 5% to 20% over the past 3 years and is expected to grow from 20% to 37% by 2030. So, Honda wants its piece of cake now by introducing HR-V in the country.
Honda HR-V Launch Date in Pakistan
As per different sources, the company is planning to launch HR-V petrol engine variants (CKD) on 21-Oct-2022. The Hybrid variant (CBU) may not be available for sale initially and is expected to be launched after some time.
Honda HR-V Expected Variants
In Pakistan, HR-V is expected to be launched in 2 petrol engine and 1 Hybrid variants.
- HR-V VTI S 1.5L CKD
- HR-V VTI 1.5L CKD
- Hybrid 1.5L (Hybrid) CBU
Its combustion engine variants are almost identical to the Malaysian HR-V’s 1.5L S variant. We can assume that the Pakistani HR-V will have the same specs and features as the Malaysian variant so, we will discuss its details here.
There are not much details about its hybrid variant until now. Stay tuned with us as we will post official specs, features, and prices of the variants after their official launch.
Malaysian HR-V is available in the following colors. Honda may launch the HR-V with the same color options in Pakistan.
- Lunar Silver Metallic
- Platinum White Pearl
- Meteoroid Gray Metallic
- Ruse Black Metallic
- Ignite Red Metallic
Honda HR-V Specs (Expected)
The following are the specs of HR-V’s Malaysian variant (1.5L S) and the Pakistani variants are expected to have the same specs.
- Length: 4,330mm
- Width: 1,790mm
- Height: 1,590mm
- Wheelbase: 2,610mm
- Ground Clearance: 196mm
- Curb Weight: 1,273 kg
- Wheel: 17-inch
- Tire Size: 215/60R17
Honda HR-V Engine & Performance (Expected)
Let’s see the engine and performance details of Malaysian Honda HRV. There are high chances that the Pakistani HR-V will come with the same engine and performance.
- Engine Type: 4 Cylinder, 16 Valve, DOHC i‑VTEC
- Displacement: 1498cc
- Fuel Supply System: Electronic Fuel Injection (PGM‑FI)
- Power: 119 hp @6,600 rpm
- Torque: 145 N.m torque @4,300 rpm
- Maximum Speed (km/h): ~187 km/h
- Acceleration 0 ‑ 100km/h: 12.1 seconds
- Fuel Consumption: ~17 km/l (stated by company)
Honda HR-V Possible Features
The following are comfort and safety features of the Malaysian Honda HR-V.
- 4 airbags
- Honda Sensing
- Reverse Camera
- Cruise Control (not expected in Pakistani variants)
- Lane Keep Assist
- Electronic Parking Brake
- Hill Descent Control
- Hill Start Assist
- Auto Headlights
- Climate Control (single zone)
- Smart Infotainment System
- Parking Sensors
- Rear AC Vents
- 8” Display
It is rumored that the new HR-V is not going to have a sunroof, cruise control, and heated seats. As per sources, HR-V’s base variant is not going to have Honda Sensing features. The transmission (drive modes) of both variants is also rumored to be different.
Honda HR-V Price in Pakistan
As mentioned above, the SUV is expected to be launched in 3 variants (2 petrol engine and 1 Hybrid). The petrol engine variants (CKD) are expected to be launched between the price of Rs.6 – Rs.7 million. The price of Malaysian HR-V (1.5L S) is RM.114,800 (~Rs.54 lacs). The price here is expected to be higher than its Malaysian variant due to additional taxes and duties.
The price of hybrid variant in Malaysia is RM.140,800 (~Rs.66 lacs). We cannot predict its price until it is revealed because it is expected to be launched as CBU. There are different duties and taxes on CBU Hybrids in Pakistan. So, we can expect its price to be way higher than its combustion engine (CKD) siblings here.
Let’s see the duties and taxes on imported Hybrid cars.
|Federal Excise Duty||40%|
|Additional Custom Duty||7%|
The local auto market is awash with sub compact and compact SUVs. Therefore, HR-V will have its work cut out for itself. Though given what we know about this SUV in terms of specs, features, price and fuel efficiency, we believe Honda HR-V should be able to stand head and shoulders above its competitors like KIA Sportage, Changan Oshan X7, Hyundai Tucson, MG HS, etc.
The launch of HR-V is beneficial not only for the company but also for the locals as most of them were buying imported Vezels and HR-Vs in Pakistan.
Are you excited for the launch of an all-new “Vezel” in Pakistan? Let us know what you expect to see in this new SUV and your price expectations.
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