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Honda planning to introduce a new seven-seat SUV

Honda planning to introduce a new seven-seat SUV
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Friday 02 September 2016, 14:11 PM

Japanese automaker Honda will be unveiling a new seven-seat SUV at the upcoming Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS). The new SUV is reportedly developed at the company’s research facility in Thailand and is targeted at the Asian markets. With the growing demand for compact SUVs in the Asian markets, the upcoming Honda’s seven-seat vehicle might be a compact SUV.

The company has not revealed the technical specifications of the upcoming vehicle yet, however reports indicate that the new SUV will come with higher ground clearance, have a rugged design and also feature a sporty alloy wheel design. The vehicle is also expected to be loaded with all modern safety features. Moreover, the SUV with a three seat arrangement will have a spacious cabin area.

As for now, the new SUV will only be introduced in the Philippine market. India being a major market for the automaker, it is likely that the company might introduce the new model here at a later date. If launched, it might emerge as a strong competitor against the Ford’s EcoSport and Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza. Currently, Honda sells the BR-V in India which is powered by a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine which generates 118bhp of power and 145Nm of torque, while the diesel trim is powered by a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder engine which generates 100bhp of power and 200Nm of torque.

The Honda BR-V though took off to a good start when launched, but off late its sales have been witnessing a slightly downward trend owing to stiff competition from Hyundai Creta. More details about the upcoming SUV from Honda will be known post the upcoming event. 

 

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