After the discontinuation of the Honda CR-V crossover in India, could Honda be planning for a more butch SUV that could seat seven? However, the N7X will likely be positioned below the CR-V and could replace the BR-V in international markets
Honda four-wheelers are upping its game and aiming towards a segment that’s gained popularity again in the recent past, a three-row SUV. Honda N7X is the new concept showcased by the Japanese manufacturer that has a three-row layout and can seat seven. The SUV is likely targeted towards the ASEAN countries, however, if considered for our market, Honda India could pitch the production version of the N7X alongside the MG Hector Plus, Tata Safari, and the upcoming Alcazar from Hyundai.
In the past decade, Honda India had three products on sale that offered accommodation for seven people. The three products were a mix of crossover and MPVs i.e 3rd gen CR-V, and the Mobilio which was later replaced by the BR-V. Currently, Honda India has no seven-seater product in its portfolio. Also, the N7X could be a replacement for the BR-V in the ASEAN markets and there is no confirmation of bringing the new SUV to our market.
Honda says the N7X is in the concept stage but the exteriors of the SUV look largely production-ready. The styling is subtle and a cascading chrome grille takes the lead upfront. The headlamp flanked on either side are all-LED units and get sharp and slim LED-DRLS.
When viewed from the side, we observe a set of 10-spoke alloy wheels filling up the wheel wells that are surrounded by body cladding. Complimenting the rugged look offered by the body cladding all around, are the roof rails which are likely finished in brushed aluminium. The taillamp assembly is very similar to the one seen on the 5th gen Honda City, however, the lighting elements of the N7X could be different.
A peek inside the cabin shows a subtle dashboard with aluminium highlights. An infotainment screen is observed which could come equipped with Honda's latest iteration of 'Honda Connect'. Creature comforts and safety features are expected to be at par with the competition. But if you notice keenly, the left-wing mirror gets an integrated camera which could mean that the N7X would get a blind-spot monitor and possibly a 360-degree camera as well.
The powertrain of the new SUV is likely to the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that also does duty in the American spec 11th gen Honda Civic. For markets that still appreciate an SUV in diesel form, Honda may offer the N7X with the 1.6-litre single turbocharged diesel engine that was offered with India spec CR-V – The ASEAN spec Honda CR-V was equipped with a twin-turbo diesel engine. The final production form of the Honda N7X is expected in the coming months and the manufacturer will hand out all the specifications and details along with interior images soon.