Honda BR-V for India to come with 1.6L diesel engine, production start in April - Report

08/10/2015 - 08:54 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

Production to first start in Indonesia from early-2016.

A report on AutocarPro states that Honda Cars India will begin manufacturing the BR-V crossover at its Tapukara, Rajasthan, plant from April 2016. Initially, around 36,000 units of the BR-V will be made each year, the report states.

Honda BR-V white front left at Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show 2015
The BR-V petrol will be powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine capable of 120 PS and 145 Nm.

Sources told the publication that Honda will shift to a higher displacement diesel engine with the BR-V. At present, Honda Cars India uses a 1.5-liter i-DTEC EarthDreams diesel engine on the Amaze, City, Mobilio and Jazz, but the crossover is expected with a 1.6-liter i-DTEC engine.

In global markets, Honda employs a 1.6-liter i-DTEC diesel engine on products such as the Civic and CR-V, but it remains unclear if the same engine is planned for the BR-V, the report states.

The BR-V, which was revealed in August at the GIIMS and IIMS motorshows, will first enter production in Indonesia from early-2016. The local subsidiary, HPM (Honda Prospect Motor), will begin manufacturing the crossover at its plant in Karawang, West Java, with a 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine.

Honda BR-V side view at Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show 2015
The BR-V measures 4,455 mm in length and 2,660 mm in wheelbase.

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For the Indonesian market, the BR-V will come fitted with a CVT or a new 6-speed manual transmission. It will be available in three variants with prices ranging between Rp. 230 million to Rp. 265 million (INR 10.83 lakhs and INR 12.48 lakhs).

[Source - AutocarPro]

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