Production Honda BR-V crossover - IAB Rendering
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Developed by Honda's R&D team in Thailand.
Earlier in the week, Honda announced the name of its all-new crossover, and released the first design sketches of the Honda BR-V. Based on these sketches, IndianAutosBlog's Shoeb Kalania has come up with a digital mockup of the BR-V production version, which is slated to launch in Indonesia early next year, and subsequently in the Indian market.
The design of the front fascia, especially the headlights, reminds us of the Mahindra XUV500, while over to the sides, the BR-V gets a similar rear window as the Mobilio. The BR-V shares plenty of body creases with the Mobilio as well, which itself is a stylish vehicle.
The BR-V is announced to have been developed by Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. (HRAP) in Thailand, and will be targeted at Asian markets primarily. That being said, the BR-V could also be sold in South Africa where products like the Brio and Mobilio are already sold (exported by Honda Cars India).
Honda announced that the BR-V will be powered by its 1.5-liter petrol engine (likely the 1.5-liter i-VTEC which does duty on the City and Mobilio) and will come with two "advanced" transmission options which could include a 5-speed manual and a CVT.
However, more details on the BR-V are expected at its premiere at the 2015 Indonesia International Motor Show which starts on August 20, 2015.