Honda BR-V official sketches released
Honda has just released sketches of what will be its compact SUV for India, expected here in 2016. What’s clear from the initial sketches is that the BR-V, as it will be called, is based on the same platform as the Brio, Amaze and the Mobilio.
But unlike this trio, it will get an all-new more SUV-like nose. More angular compared to that of the current cars on the platform, the BR-V features a high-mounted Honda chrome grille, a CR-V-like two part grille and a lower bumper that features plenty of slashes and cuts around the fog lights. There’s a prominent scuff plate under the chin and at the rear; Honda has clearly laid emphasis on giving it SUV-like design cues. The cladding that runs around the entire car looks quite heavy set, the beltline and wheel arch flares have been designed to emphasise the larger wheels, and there are roof rails as well. The tail-lamps and the rear hatch are similar to that of the 7-seat Mobilio, and this is true of the shoulder line with the kink in it as well. This is because Honda’s compact SUV will be built on the same 2,652mm wheelbase and the engines on offer will be similar too. The 1.5 petrol will put out 117bhp, with the diesel 1.5 expected to put out 98.6bhp. There’s likely to be an automatic version as well. The other piece of news is that this car’s likely to finally get Honda’s updated interiors, which are sure to appeal much more to car buyers in India.
The BR-V as it is called will be making its debut at the upcoming Indonesian International Auto Show, and should be on Honda stand at next year’s Auto Expo in Delhi.