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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Could Honda's New Small SUV Worry The Toyota Raize, Kia Stonic, And Hyundai Creta?


Early this year, Honda launched the SUV RS Concept at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show or GIIAS. Despite being treated as a concept and had its windows completely covered in black tint, it looked pretty much production ready.

Now, after going on tour in various Indonesian cities, it looks like Honda is ready to launch the small 5-seater SUV to go against the likes of the Toyota Raize, Kia Stonic, and Hyundai Creta by the end of the year.

Originally, everyone thought it would take on the ZR-V nameplate. That turned out not to be true given it’s the nameplate given to the North American HR-V which has since been turned into a global model. This has led people to speculate that it’ll take on the WR-V name. If that’s the case, it’s not the first time it’s been used in a production Honda SUV. The WR-V is given to a Honda Jazz-based crossover designed specifically for the Indian market.


Whatever the final name though, it’ll use the chassis code “DG.” Specifically, it’s “DG47” for manual transmission models and “DG48” for CVT equipped models. There’s credence to the leak since it was filed at DKI Jakarta Samsat’s Motor Vehicle Sales Value page.

Moreover, the Honda DG is listed to have a 1.5-liter engine as standard. Given the brand’s propensity to share powertrains across its line-up, it’ll likely use the same normally aspirated L15 engine found in the City, City Hatchback, base HR-V, and upcoming BR-V. If that’s the case, expect it to make 120 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque.

Finally, it’s listed to carry a price tag ranging from 163,000,000 Rupiah to 189,000,000 Rupiah. Factoring in all the relevant taxes, it could mean a price tag of 279,000,000 Rupiah (P 1.032 million) to 305,000,000 Rupiah (P 1.129 million). By comparison, the all-new HR-V starts at 362,900,000 Rupiah (P 1.210 million).


Given the popularity of small SUVs in the Philippines, it’s almost with certainty that Honda Cars Philippines will slot this in below the HR-V. If that’s the case, expect a price tag somewhere in the region of P 1,060,000 to P 1,160,000. Price-wise, it’ll sit between the City RS and RS Hatchback. It also lends credence as to why they opted to only introduce one variant of their hatchback; they needed breathing room to launch this sub-compact SUV.

It'll likely be unveiled as a concept at the upcoming Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) alongside the all-new BR-V.

17 comments:

  1. Fascia: City
    Rear: HR-V
    Side Profile: Stonic

    Honestly, I'm digging it.

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  2. Honda Hrv S or MG ZST or Changan Cs35 Luxe?

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    1. hyundai creta is my choice.

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    2. hyundai creta has an air purifier

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    3. You can buy a freaking air purifier, branded, for 5k to 7k.

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    4. nope, its a built in features of our creta

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    5. No need for an air purifier. Almost all modern cars come with a cabin filter that filters dirt.

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  3. Go, being it. More choices, more fun!

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  4. Will this be a global model?

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    1. Depends if this model will be global released because this model is Concept to the Philippine International Auto Show.

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    2. Wrong. It was shown at Gaikindo, not on PIAS.

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    3. Global is defined as a vehicle sold in two major regions. There are reports that it'll be offered also in India, so using that as basis--yes, this is destined to be a global model.

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  5. Personally I define global model if it was sold in USA, Europe or Japan.

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  6. For personal buyers, the most important information now is fuel consumption and could be the deciding factor once the basic requirements are met. So its a challenge for automotive reviewers to provide this data accurately, objectively and in a manner that enables an apple-to-apple comparison between different vehicles.

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  7. 1.2l to 1.3l engine sana to be a real contender as an urban commuter.

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