Today we bring good news for the local automotive industry as Honda has apparently decided to manufacture the BR-V crossover at the Tapukara facility in Rajasthan where the plan is to assemble 36,000 units each year. Production is expected to start in April next year and Honda is making the necessary investment to get the factory ready for the new model which is programmed to boost production output from the current 120,000 cars to 180,000 units. Besides the upcoming BR-V, this is the place where Honda also puts together the Amaze, City and the Jazz while the Brio, Mobilio and CR-V are built at the plant in Greater Noida where 120,000 cars leave the assembly line each year.
Getting back to the BR-V, it made its official debut back in August at the Indonesian Motor Show and it is believed the Indian-spec version will be offered with a 1.6-liter turbodiesel engine which will be superior compared to the 1.5-liter i-DTEC available for several models such as the Jazz, City, Mobilio and Amaze sold in our country. Those who would rather have a gasoline engine will be able to opt for the 120 bhp & 145 Nm 1.5-liter i-VTEC which will obviously be the more affordable choice, but less economical than the diesel.
The seven-seater Honda BR-V will go on sale at first in Indonesia early 2016 where it will be offered with a choice of a newly developed six-speed manual gearbox and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Three versions will be available in that country and depending on model pricing will range from INR 10.83 lakhs to INR 12.48 lakhs.
The India-spec version will likely receive its premiere at Auto Expo 2016 set for February 5-9 and in terms of design it should remain virtually the same both inside and out.
Source: Autocar Professional India