Back in March-2018, we reported that Honda Cars plans to build sub-4 meter SUV for India. Now, the Japanese car maker has applied for a trademark of the “Honda ZR-V” name at the Japanese Patent Office.
A trademark application dated April 17, 2020 does suggest that along with developed markets, the ZR-V could also be aimed at emerging markets such as India. If it turns out to be the case as the small SUVs are gaining enormous audience in recent years, it makes a lot of sense for Indian market.
Honda ZR-V is expected to share its platform with the Honda Amaze and is likely to compete with other sub-4-meter SUVs such as the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, imminent Toyota Urban Cruiser, upcoming Kia Sonet and yet-to-be-launched Nissan Magnite.
The new Honda ZR-V could be having two petrol engine options on the international market. These include a 1.0-liter turbo petrol engine and a naturally aspired 1.5-liter model with the compact hybrid system (e-HEV) from Honda.
The upcoming sub-4 meter compact SUV in Honda’s product line-up is projected to be placed below the HR-V. Honda Cars India already has the WR-V on sale but is not a fully-blown compact SUV and so the Honda ZR-V will serve as a replacement for this.
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