Rendering – Honda’s EcoSport rivaling compact SUV

Posted on: Oct 15, 2014 - 6:30pm IST

The SUV would be powered by the 1.5-liter petrol and diesel engines.

Honda’s answer to the fast-growing compact SUV segment took shape at the Tokyo Motor Show last year where the brand unveiled the Vezel. The Vezel is already on sale in Japan, and will soon start sales in the U.S.A, Europe, Indonesia and Brazil as the Honda HR-V.

Honda Brio SUV rendering rear
The Brio-based SUV will chiefly rival the Ford EcoSport and VW Taigun.

The HR-V or the Vezel will not launch in India. Yes, it is true that the crossover is based on the new Jazz’s platform which also underpins the new City (and both vehicle are or will be manufactured here), but the company will be unable to price it competitively, investigations found. Hence, Honda is reported to be purpose-designing an SUV based on the Brio’s platform heavily taking local inputs into consideration.

Brazil’s Car & Driver has a rendering of this SUV, which it calls the ‘EcoSport competitor’, on its cover page. It is clear to see from the image that the Brio-based SUV, like the Vezel, is designed like the CR-V, with tall taillight elements, a low entry point for the boot and a slender rear quarter glass panel.

Honda HR-V prototype front left three quarter for Europe at 2014 Paris Motor Show
The HR-V is deemed too expensive for the Indian market.

Also read: India-made Honda Mobilio launched in South Africa

Power for the SUV would come from the 1.5-liter motors powering the Mobilio. The 1.5-liter i-VTEC and the 1.5-liter i-DTEC are made in India, and are shown to be adaptable to the Brio’s platform.

The car’s Indian market launch is expected in 2016.

Competitors: Ford EcoSport, VW Taigun, Tata Nexon
Expected Price: INR 6-10 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: 2016

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[Rendering from Car & Driver Brazil]

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5 thoughts on “Rendering – Honda’s EcoSport rivaling compact SUV

  1. dinesh shekhar says:

    I dont think Honda will ever understand Indian market well. While they have huge plans for Indonesia with their products-line up which includes the Honda Vezel/HR-V, why India is left out, is a matter of concern. Clearly it is a matter of their understanding India in a broader way. It is prudent to think, when they are geting money with the so-called Amaze/Brio/Mobilio or even City, as we crazy Indians trust the brand blindly, to dump any products without having much investments. I bet, even if they price the HR-V/Vezel above Duster/Terrano it iwill be an overnight success for them, but who cares!! The City they offer here doesnt have much safety features like 6 air bags, etc. while the other South East Asian countries it is available with top safety features. So why to compromise on the basic safety aspects in India!!
    Honda, please repeat please, dont dump any more “SUVs” on the Brio platform to us Indians. While the world is fast becoming a global village, it is unwise to under rate us with third grade products! If not the HR-V/Vezel for your own justificaiton, no other products for us, please.

  2. Joy says:

    honda not bringing their best cars to india.. i hate brio, mobilio and amaze.. why cant they bring cars like vezel and jazz.. they cant price it competitively? so they are admitting that brio cars are cheap! gr8.. am not going to consider honda until they take indian customers seriously..

    1. manusan says:

      Honda mobilo top end diesel cost in Bangalore is 15 lakhs and petrol top end is 11 lakhs,
      Which is above the price of ecosport
      Do u guys still call this as ecosport rival,

      It wont come to india as its price may clash with mobilo

    2. Kamal says:

      Well Said Joy! Honda need to consider Indian customers seriously and bring in cars like Jazz, Vezel, Civic with Hybrid combination will shoot up the sales.

      1. Srikant says:

        Personally I hate all three but sales number indicates there few of our kind šŸ˜›

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