The Honda BR-V is the Japanese automaker’s rival to the likes of the Renault Duster and the Hyundai Creta, and has been caught in the open. An uncamouflaged image of the 7 seat compact SUV from Honda has hit the interweb, a day ahead of the Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show to be held at Tangerang. The BR-V will sit under the Vezel in terms of price and positioning, and mainly operate in developing markets of the world. Honda will launch the BR-V in India as well. The upcoming 2016 Indian Auto Expo could be the big ticket event for showcasing this new compact SUV.
The BR-V is likely to be Honda’s big launch for 2016. The compact SUV measures over 4 meters in length, and is based on the Honda Brio platform, whose other cars include the likes of the Amaze and the Mobilio. As the fourth vehicle to use this platform, the BR-V is expected to share its engines and transmissions with the Mobilio MPV. 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol and i-DTEC turbo diesel engines could be offered, with manual and CVT automatic transmissions. The compact SUV’s price could be pegged near the 8 lakh rupee mark, with a high degree of localization to boot.
BR-V stands for bold recreational vehicle. From the looks of it, the BR-V’s design does have hints of CR-V, which is a good thing. The compact SUV with this moniker will be a monocoque bodied vehicle mainly sold with a front wheel drive layout. An all wheel drive layout hasn’t been announced yet, and remains unlikely for most markets. The compact SUV segment in India is really hotting up and by the end of 2016, India’s top five automakers will all have an offering each in this fast growing area. By this time tomorrow, more images and details of the BR-V would be available as the Gaikindo Motor Show opens. Watch this space.
Spyshots courtesy Autonetmagz