Honda has asserted that the Jazz platform based Vezel crossover might prove to be too expensive for India. Therefore, a lower priced compact SUV based on the Brio platform is in the works for emerging markets including India. A render of the compact SUV based on the Brio platform has just hit the interweb. There’s a deal downer though. Japanese motoring magazine Mag-X speculates that the compact SUV will hit production only in 2017.
From the looks of the render, the Brio-based compact SUV seems to be heavily inspired by the Vezel in terms of styling. The render depicts the Brio-based compact SUV to feature a front end inspired by Honda’s chrome heavy front end that has come to be a characteristic of all new Honda cars including the Jazz hatchback and the City sedan.
The Brio-based compact SUV, if it makes the production cut, will be the fourth product under the highly successful Brio platform, whose other cars include the Brio hatchback, the Amaze compact sedan and the Mobilio MPV. The Brio-based compact SUV is expected to get petrol and turbo diesel engines.
If the Brio-based SUV takes a stab at the sub-4 meter space, expect it to use the same 1.2 liter i-VTEC petrol and the 1.5 liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engines that are found on the Amaze compact sedan. International markets could get a 1 liter-3 cylinder turbo petrol unit that Honda plans to replace the 1.5 liter i-VTEC unit with.
With Honda manufacturing both engines in India, and embarking on a high amount of localization for the Brio platform, the new compact SUV could be priced very competitively. Once the compact SUV is on roads in India, Honda will have a presence in most of the big volume, high growth sectors of the Indian car market barring the entry-level hatchback space.
The Japanese automaker already has a presence in the B-Segment hatchback, compact sedan and the C-Segment sedan categories. With a presence in the compact SUV and the entry level hatchback segments, the company will have a well rounded product portfolio that will help it stave off rivals and retain its newly acquired fourth place in the Indian car market.
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