Japanese auto major Honda has released the first sketch of the upcoming Brio-based mini-MPV, called the 2NH, in Indonesia. It is a ‘low’ MPV (LMPV) which is evident in the elongated wheelbase and relatively low-slung roof to produce an end result that somewhat resembles the Maruti Ertiga, albeit with a lower roof.
However, Honda has made the styling of the Brio-based LMPV much more aggressive. The front of the car, particularly the grille and the headlamps are a lot like those on the Brio but the basic form sits on a sturdy block, in an attempt to mask the weird dimensions of the Brio. Both the front and the rear bumpers feature big inlets. The kink in the window line as well as the large wheel arches at the rear with the central ridgeline make the car look smaller in length.
There is not much clarity on the interiors of the new LMPV. However, the Brio’s dashboard is likely to be borrowed and there is expected to be ample amount of luggage space even when passengers are seated on all the three rows.
While the Maruti Ertiga is powered by a 1248cc diesel engine that has some turbo lag, the 2NH will be powered by a 1500cc engine capable of producing power of 100bhp. It is also expected to use an upgraded version of the Honda City’s 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine since it does not look like it will be a sub-4metre vehicle.
It is likely that the 2NH will be unveiled at the India Auto Expo next year with the car hitting showrooms by mid-2014.