Honda’s big launches for India this year are the BR-V compact SUV and the Accord luxury sedan. Both cars have just been unveiled at the 2016 Auto Expo. Launches will happen later this year, with the BR-V launching first, in March, followed by the Accord a few months down the line.
The BR-V is a Renault Duster-Hyundai Creta competitor, but one that comes with a significant advantage, of that of 7 seats. While the BR-V is also available as a 5 seater, the additional couple of seats could make it more attractive to buyers who seek the flexibility of such a layout. The BR-V is longer than its competitors.
It’ll use 1.5 liter naturally aspirated i-VTEC petrol and i-DTEC turbo diesel engines, both borrowed from the Mobilio, its MPV sibling. Notably, the BR-V is based on the Brio platform, which also hosts cars such as the Brio, Amaze and Mobilio. So, the BR-V will be 4th vehicle on this platform.
The Accord luxury sedan will soon make a comeback into India. This time around, it’ll be imported into the country as a completely built unit (CBU). While its engine details haven’t been revealed yet, it’s likely to be priced at about 30 lakh rupees. Expect the car to be in Honda showrooms in the second half of 2016.