A couple of weeks back, we reported you that Honda has imported couple of units of its new Brio-based '2SJ' compact SUV in India for testing purposes. And, now the company has officially released the first design sketches of the compact SUV and has christened it as 'Honda BR-V'. The Japanese automaker also revealed that Honda BR-V would have its global debut at the Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show 2015, which is slated to commence from August 20, 2015.
Honda has stated that BR-V is the third company vehicle to be developed at its R&D Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. (HRAP) in Thailand. The compact SUV is basically made for the Asian markets, especially India, Thailand and Indonesia. Honda BR-V is said to be a "a new generation crossover utility vehicle" with "tough and solid exterior design with high ground clearance, big and stylish alloy wheels and sleek roof rails." It would be a 7-seater vehicle with three row seating configuration. Going by the images, it can be said that it resembles a lot to Mobilio. The rear-end, especially the tail-lamp cluster, is pretty similar to Mobilio MPV. Several reports claim that it would be launched in India at the 2016 Auto Expo, while some say it would hit the Indian roads by second half of 2016.
Mechanically, Honda BR-V would come loaded with company's 1.5L, 4-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine which, as per the Japanese automaker, would return “sporty performance and great fuel efficiency." Furthermore, the company added that this engine would be linked to two advanced transmission, which clearly suggests that apart from the conventional manual gearbox, a CVT automatic transmission would also be offered with the BR-V. However, the Indian version of Honda BR-V would also come in diesel guise with company's tried and trusted 1.5L, 4-cylinder i-DTEC engine which also does duties to all its diesel vehicles including Amaze, City, Mobilio and yet-to-be-launched Jazz hatchback.