MPVs are big in Indonesia with a range of models like the Suzuki Ertiga, the Toyota Avanza and the Nissan Evalia, all vying for the MPV buyer’s attention in that part of the world. The latest addition to the MPV line up in Indonesia is expected to be the Honda Brio based MPV. According to a top Honda Indonesia official, Mr Jonfis Fandy, the Brio based MPV could be launched as early as April 2013. Now, April is the month in which India will get the sedan version of the Brio, in the form of the Brio Amaze. At perhaps the same time, yet another body style of the Brio could make its debut in Indonesia, in the form of the Brio MPV.
By the middle of this year, the Brio platform is expected to host no less than three cars: the Brio hatchback, the Brio Amaze compact sedan and the Brio based MPV. Codenamed 2NH, the Brio based MPV is expected to rival the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga and the Toyota Avanza in the Indonesian car market. Expect Honda to squeeze seven seats into the Brio based MPV. The engine for the Brio based MPV is expected to be a 1.5 Liter i-VTEC naturally aspirated petrol unit. This engine could be borrowed from the Honda Freed MPV. Expect both manual and automatic transmission options to be offered on the Brio based MPV.
Other details of the Brio based MPV remain sketchy at this point in time. Apart from the Brio based MPV, there’s another MPV that’s being primed up for a launch in the Indonesian car market during March 2013 in the form of the Chevrolet Spin. It remains to be seen whether Honda Cars India will bring the Brio based MPV to the Indian car market considering the fast growing compact MPV sector in the country. The Brio based MPV could be a worthy rival to the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, which is currently the best selling MPV in India.
However, Honda will have to plonk in a turbo diesel engine under the Brio based MPVs hood for the Indian car market as petrol powered MPVs are marginal sellers. Honda India does have the 1.5 Liter i-DTEC turbo diesel up and ready. Also, the Brio platform seems ready to host diesel power what with the Brio Amaze all set to become the first diesel powered Honda car to be sold in India. For now though, we’ll have to wait for official word from Honda, regarding the launch possibility of the Brio based MPV in India .