Honda India said they’re “studying SUV market” when asked about BR-V – IAB Report

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Indonesia will be the launch market for Honda’s second compact crossover.

The Honda BR-V crossover is all-set to make its premiere at the GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show 2015 (GIIAS) on August 20, 2015. The BR-V will first launch in Indonesia, where bookings for the crossover will commence at the show.

Honda BR-V front view sketch
The BR-V is announced to get a 1.5-liter petrol engine with two transmission options.

When asked about the potential the Honda BR-V holds for the Indian market, Honda Cars India’s Senior Vice President for marketing and sales, Mr. Jnaneswar Sen, today, said –

We’re also aware of those sketches that have been announced. We’re still studying the SUV market, and not come to any kind of conclusion so far.

2014 Honda Mobilio front at the 2014 Thailand Motor Expo
The Mobilio was previewed at a trade fair and introduced in the archipelago prior to the launch in India.

“It’s too premature to talk about what we’re going to show at the Auto Expo next year”, Mr. Sen told Indian Autos Blog when asked if the BR-V will premiere there.

Developed by Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. (HRAP) in Thailand, the BR-V is announced to get a three-row seating layout, a 1.5-liter petrol engine and two transmissions, for the Indonesian market. It is likely to share its 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with the Mobilio which makes 118 PS and 145 Nm of torque, and is coupled to a 5-speed manual and a CVT.

Honda BR-V rear view sketch
Production of the Honda BR-V is expected to start in Indonesia early next year.

Also read: Honda BR-V to come with a better interior than Mobilio – Report

If launched in India, the BR-V will also be powered by the 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel engine, which most recently was introduced on the Honda Jazz in India.

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