Honda Cars India Ltd has announced that it will increase the prices – w.e.f. the first week of April 2017 – of its lineup by up to Rs.10,000. The Japanese automaker stated in an official release that “increase in freight charges and input costs” are the primary reasons for the hike.
The automaker’s entire lineup will be affected, including the 2017 Honda City, which was launched in February at Rs.8.50 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). However, its debutant sub-4m crossover, the Honda WRV, which was launched at Rs.7.75 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) earlier this month will not be affected by this hike, confirms Honda.
Speaking of Honda’s latest entrant, the WRV, with a price band of Rs.7.75-9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi), it goes up against a plethora of rivals among sub-4m SUVs and cross hatches. The WRV can be had in just two variants – the base 'S' and the range-topping 'VX'. Mechanically, it shares its powertrain with its donor car, the Honda Jazz; the 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol and the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel. However, it doesn’t offer the CVT automatic option, unlike the Jazz’ petrol version. And, its certified fuel efficiency is marginally lower than the hatch; the petrol WR-V returns 17.5kmpl (1.2kmpl less), while the diesel returns 25.5kmpl (1.8kmpl less).