Honda Cars India has said it will launch its competitor to Maruti Suzuki’s S-Cross, Hyundai’s Creta, Mahindra’s TUV300 and Renault’s Duster, among others, in the first quarter of next fiscal. The company has christened it as a ‘crossover utility vehicle'.
Called BR-V, short for Bold Runabout-Vehicle, it will be showcased for the first time in India at the Auto Expo 2016 in February. The vehicle is based on the same platform as the Brio hatchback, the Amaze compact sedan and the Mobilio MPV.
However, the BR-V gets bold looks made prominent by large 16-inch alloy wheels, matte black plastic cladding around the body, sleek roof rails and higher ground clearance than the Mobilio, thus making it look like a compact SUV.
The vehicle, unlike its competitors — barring the Mahindra TUV300 — is a seven-seater. Honda has also confirmed that it will be powered by the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engines that are currently used in its City sedan.
Travel for this report was sponsored by Honda Cars India