Buzz says Honda BR-V could arrive end of this year (and diesel CR-V next year)

Exciting times ahead for Japanese brand
by Dinzo Tabamo | Jun 9, 2016
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Honda BR-V

Last year, we were fortunate to drive the fab Honda BR-V. Essentially, it’s a taller version of the Mobilio that’s been contributing healthily to Honda Cars Philippines’ bottom line. That means the BR-V is another potential sales hit for the Japanese carmaker.

As we near the halfway mark of 2016, there are still no hints or advance info about the BR-V. Well, no official hints anyway.

We were hanging out with a bunch of industry insiders recently and got wind of some interesting buzz. We heard that the much-awaited BR-V could arrive by the end of this year.

If this happens, it won’t be the first time HCPI surprises us with a model introduction during the holiday season. In December 2015, it revealed the refreshed CR-Z during its Christmas party for the media. Because a BR-V launch is considered a full model introduction, a bigger event befitting its arrival might be arranged.

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There is another bit of info we gleaned that’s just as fascinating. HCPI could be the next Japanese carmaker to take advantage of our cleaner Euro 4 fuels and bring in a diesel version of the CR-V. That means Mazda’s oil-burning CX-5 might soon have a rival.

According to our source, the diesel CR-V could reach our market next year.

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In Europe, Honda sells a turbodiesel CR-V with two power ratings: 118hp and 160hp. What’s exciting is the nine-speed automatic transmission that it comes with. That sounds very promising.

But don’t go to your favorite Honda dealer and make a reservation yet. There’s still no official word from HCPI regarding the models we discussed. Let’s just cross our fingers and hope for the best.

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