Honda BR-V to launch in Thailand in Q1 2016

The Honda BR-V crossover SUV which is based on the Mobilio MPV is all set to enter production in Indonesia in January 2016. Speaking to Bangkok Post, Honda Thailand COO Pitak Pruittisarikorn confirmed that the new car will be launched in the country in the first quarter of 2016.

The BR-V for Thailand will be locally assembled with some components being shipped from Indonesia. The Thai-spec model would be powered by the 112 PS 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine mated to a manual transmission or CVT.

The BR-V would be making its Indian debut at the Auto Expo in February 2016 and is likely to go on sale in the following months. For India, the 7-seat crossover will adopt the 112 PS 1.5-litre i-VTEC motor and 100 PS 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. The petrol motor would receive both manual gearbox and CVT while the diesel engine will come only with a manual transmission.

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The BR-V derives its dashboard design from Jazz premium hatchback.

The SUV will be heavily localized in India to arrive at competitive pricing. It will be made at Honda Car India’s Tapukara plant in Rajasthan which is being expanding for the purpose.

The Honda BR-V will lock horns with Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Maruti S-Cross and Hyundai Creta. The upcoming Japanese crossover would be relying on its 3rd row of seats to make a strong case for itself.

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