Rendering - Imaginary Honda Cross Brio is a Cross Polo challenger

30/12/2013 - 12:30 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

Honda is plotting a compact SUV based on the Brio to take on the EcoSport. This is not breaking news, as several days ago, we carried a report stating that Honda was indeed considering a crossover on the Brio platform as the Vezel was too expensive a product for the Indian market.

We're sure that Honda will not just bump the ground clearance of the hatchback, add a tough-looking bodykit and call it an SUV. Honda will not take shortcuts in engineering a new car altogether using the Brio's underpinnings. We're not going to have any speculations on that.

But the former scenario is interesting, as it presents a worthy rival to the VW Cross Polo and the forthcoming Fiat Punto Cross.

Honda Brio cross rendering
A Cross Brio is a worthy competitor to the VW Cross Polo, but will Honda see any demand for it?

The ride height has been upped, the wheels are now larger, and a lower body plastic cladding along with an extended front bumper complete the looks of the Cross Brio. However, it must be said that a Brio with off-roader styling bits looks juxtaposed and we hope Honda do not go down this path.

The Brio platform has proven flexible in developing the sub-4 meter Amaze sedan and the Mobilio MPV (which comes to India next year). However, developing a crossover on this platform will require a bit of re-engineering (for example, the wheel wells need to be enlarged to fit larger wheels).

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