Honda working on a compact SUV called BR-V for India
Honda India has finally confirmed that it is considering the compact SUV segment very seriously and is hoping to enter the still growing segment soon. What this indicates is that the company will soon be introducing a compact SUV that will be based on the Brio platform and the vehicle will most likely be showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. Yes, it’s the same car whose sketches were officially revealed for Indonesia’s car market.
At present, the compact SUV segment might be selling around 8000-10,000 units every month and Honda is looking to grab a big piece of the pie with their own offering. The Japanese car maker is eyeing to invest Rs. 380 crores so that production at their Rajasthan plant can be boosted up to meet local and export market demand in the coming future. Honda is also looking to start a new (their third) plant in Gujarat, but nothing is conclusive as of now.
With the segment containing very capable cars including the Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and others, the BR-V will be a 7-seater as opposed to the aforementioned cars. The new Honda SUV will be longer than 4-metres and will come with both petrol and diesel engines. The company has already started to bring in prototypes of the vehicle (given the codename 2SJ) to India. It should get the well-known 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine with a CVT automatic variant and the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel mill as well. Honda will not be coming up with any more launches for this year and their next launch will most likely be the new Accord in 2016.