Honda’s New SUV ZR-V Will Beat Tata Nexon, Maruti Brezza? India Launch Date?

The compact SUV market in the country is very hot nowadays. The manufacturers are doing their best to satiate the demand of all the interested customers. And still, there are waiting periods ranging almost to the scale of six months. There is already tough competition among existing players such as Mahindra XUV 300, Tata Nexon, and Maruti Vitara Brezza. And now according to the latest reports, it looks like the competition is just gonna get tougher.

Honda planning for new SUV

Honda recently unveiled the new generation BR-V which is slated to go on sale by early next year in Indonesia. It looks like, the new-gen BR-V has received massive changes in form and function.

At the same event, Honda teased a mystery SUV at the end. According to the hush-hush of the industry, this could be a smaller iteration of BR-V with a shorter wheelbase and a 5-seat layout. The upcoming compact SUV could borrow some styling cues along with the platform from the new-gen BR-V. This includes parts such as A-pillar, dashboard, bonnet, and doors.

In the teased images, we can see, a boasted pair of roof rails signifying its tilt towards being an SUV. The Japanese carmaker is likely to unveil the concept version of the SUV next month, at the 2021 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS). A production-spec model of the same could make its debut sometime next year. Some more details are expected to be revealed in the coming days.

This car might give tough competition to existing leaders in the Indian market

Almost a year back, local Japanese media had reported that Honda is developing a new subcompact SUV which is tentatively titled as ZR-V. Many suspect, the upcoming subcompact SUV could actually be the new ZR-V.

This new compact SUV could be powered by either a 1.2-litre i-Vtec naturally aspirated petrol engine or a larger 1.5-litre i-Vtec petrol engine. The former is capable of delivering 89 bhp and 110 Nm of peak torque. Whereas the latter can crank out 120 bhp and 145 Nm of peak torque.

If this vehicle enters the Indian market, it would be slotted in a highly competitive sub-4 meter compact SUV segment against the likes of Kia Sonet, Hyundai Venue, Maruti Vitara Brezza, Tata Nexon, and more. As of now, Honda India has not confirmed the launch of the new BR-V. But they have said that they are working on an SUV for launch in India.

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