Honda BR-V crossover will also get a 1.8L petrol engine shared with HR-V - Report

20/07/2015 - 09:36 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

Bookings to start at its motorshow debut.

Indonesian website, Autonetmagz, quotes reliable sources in stating that the Honda BR-V crossover, announced to debut at the GIIAS (Gaikindo Indonesian International Motor Show) on August 20, will also be equipped with a 1.8-liter i-VTEC petrol engine in addition to a 1.5-liter unit.

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

Honda confirmed the latter engine for the BR-V in its press release last month, and stated that it will get two transmission options, predictably a 5-speed manual and a CVT. However, the new report states that a 1.8-liter i-VTEC engine, which is seen under the hoods of the Honda HR-V compact SUV and the Honda Civic sedan will also be offered as a range-topping model.

In the HR-V, this engine delivers 139 PS at 6,500 rpm and 169 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm, and is paired to a CVT. The publication states that this engine will satisfy the needs of those customers wanting more power from the BR-V when all its seven seats are occupied.

Honda BR-V rear view sketch
An Indian premiere of the BR-V could take place at the Auto Expo next year.

Further, speculation is rife that the BR-V is based on the Jazz's platform, and not the Brio's platform, as reported by the Indian media initially. What is for sure is that the BR-V will not share its dashboard with the Brio-series of cars (Amaze, Mobilio), instead it will have an upmarket interior, as reported by several Indonesian media outlets.

Also read: 2015 Honda Jazz CVT accounts for 40% of bookings – Report

The BR-V is expected to launch in the Indian market with 1.5-liter petrol and diesel engines. A premiere could take place at the Auto Expo next year.

[Source - Autonetmagz]

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