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Honda BR-V production in India to start in April 2016 with 1.6L diesel engine

Honda BR-V production India

The Hyundai Creta rival is expected to make its Indian premiere at the Auto Expo 2016 in February.

Production of Honda BR-V compact crossover is scheduled to commence at Honda Car India’s Tapukara plant (Rajasthan) in April 2016, reports Autocar Professional. The 7-seat SUV which was unveiled at the Indonesia International Motor Show earlier this year is the Japanese automaker’s answer to the Hyundai Creta, Maruti S-Cross and Renault Duster.

The Honda SUV will be heavily relying on its additional set of seats to lure the SUV loving Indian audience. Based on the Brio platform, the BR-V is closely related to the Mobilio MPV.

By the time BR-V enters production at Tapukara, the expansion of the factory would be nearing completion. The plant currently has an installed anuual production capacity of 1,20,000 units which will be increased to 1,80,000 units. Honda is reportedly looking to produce 36,000 units of the BR-V in the first year.

Honda BR-V SUV

Honda BR-V is expected to go on sale in India by mid-2016.

The publication reports that Honda is planning to use the 1.6-litre Earth Dreams global diesel engine for the BR-V instead of the India-only 1.5-litre unit that powers the brand’s existing crop of diesel cars in the country. The petrol engine however will continue to be the 1.5-litre i-VTEC motor which does the duty under the hoods of the Mobilio and City.

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The Honda BR-V would be benefiting form the heavy localization level of its platform in India. We expect it to be priced at par with the Hyundai Creta.

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