The Honda ZR-V new Name has come into the existence and could point at an upcoming subcompact SUV to take on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the upcoming Kia Sonet.
Honda Cars is working on a new small SUV for the global markets and there’s fair chance that this new offering will make its way to India in the future.
Honda is known to add the suffix R-V or recreational vehicle name to its urban crossovers, and the new ZR-V will join the same, along the lines of the Honda CR-V, BR-V, HR-V and WR-V that carry the same nomenclature. There’s also the Honda UR-V and XR-V sold specifically in China. While more details aren’t available, it needs to be noted that the Honda ZR-V name hints at a subcompact SUV targeted for younger buyers.
The Honda sub-4 metre SUV for India would ride on the low-cost platform of the Honda Amaze and could be sold in other emerging markets as well.
If the Honda ZR-V makes it to India, the small SUV will lock horns against the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300 and the Ford EcoSport in the segment. It will also lock horns against the several upcoming offerings including the Kia Sonet, Renault HBC, Nissan Magnite and Toyota’s version of the Vitara Brezza.
Internationally, the Honda ZR-V will take on the Toyota Raise. It’ll be too early to talk about launch timelines but we do expect to hear something towards the end of the year.