Whenever you hear Honda, their sedan City is the first thought in your head, but Honda has to go with the trend to keep up in the race. The SUV segment is the one trending for a while, with more competition every day.
Be it compact or micro SUVs, the competition & demand is increasing day by day. The most recent additions were the Tata Punch, MG Astor, Skoda Kushaq, VW Taigun & Mahindra XUV700. Hence to keep up with the trend, Honda has also revealed the concept of their SUV RS.
It will reach the Indonesian markets after that; Honda might plan & launch this car in the Indian market according to their marketing strategy. Currently, the Honda WR-V is the 5-seater SUV running in the segment. Let’s see what we know about this SUV:
The official details have not been revealed yet, but we expect it to be offered with the same engine abroad. There might be a choice between a 1.0-litre turbo & a 1.5litre naturally aspirated engine with Honda’s e: HEV mild-hybrid tech. It will be mated to a 5-speed manual or CVT gearbox.
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However, it is unlikely to get a smaller engine with a turbo, but Honda may also go with the approach of the German carmakers for Kushaq & Taigun. Most probably, it will come with the bigger naturally aspirated engine.
This 5-seater SUV gets the latest styled cuts from its bigger siblings, such as the HR-V. Overall it appears like a small coupe with an angular tailgate. The tapering roofline adds to the sporty element. The chunky black cladding contributes to the contrast with the body colour.
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The front features a simple bumper with a neatly blended grille. With wraparound headlights and vertically slotted fog lamps give it a sharp look. The faux skid plate and the wide air dam add to the SUV characteristics.
The dimensions are also not out yet, but it might be under 4.3 metres like its sedan sibling. The RS SUV is expected to have a generous ground clearance standing on 17/18 inch black alloys. The dual-tone colour scheme is significant through a side view of the car.
Expected Price & India Launch
There is no official launch timeline for India as of now. Honda already discontinued the CR-V & BR-V in India due to poor sales. We can expect this to be launched in India a year after it reaches the buyers abroad. The expected price could be between ₹10-16 lakhs (ex-showroom) if it comes to India.