Honda would launch a new compact SUV in the country in 2017, which will be based on the Brio hatchback. Now, in an unexpected turn of events, it is being learnt that the Japanese automaker has imported 3 units of the Brio-based SUV in India from Thailand for Research & Development (R&D) purpose. Underpinning the versatile Brio platform and slated to come out in 2017, the SUV has been codenamed as 2SJ.
The Brio-based SUV 2SJ is said to be more than 4 meters long, which will not make it eligible for excise duty benefits. A report further says that it would be a 7-seater SUV, unlike the current crop of compact SUVs like Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Ford EcoSport and Hyundai Creta. The exterior designing of the SUV would be based on the Vision XS-1 concept, which was globally unveiled at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. It is expected to be launched in both petrol and diesel guises with company's both 1.5L engines at the helm. These engines also do duties to Mobilio MPV and City mid-sized sedan.
The development of this yet-to-be-launched 2SJ compact SUV might also take place at the company's upcoming R&D center in Greater Noida. Honda has already confirmed its launches for the next two years in form of all-new Honda Jazz and new Honda Accord in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Through these three new products, the company intends to increase its market share in India. The 2014-15 year was a great success for the company in India as it dethroned Mahindra from the country's third largest automaker and witnessed unprecedented growth.