Honda BR-V - Summarized overview
The Honda BR-V in its expanded version is referred to as a Bold Runabout Vehicle. The SUV makes its debut on the Indian soil in the Auto Expo 2016. The on-road launch of this vehicle is expected to be in the middle of 2016. This compact SUV has already been launched on-road in Indonesia where it was developed. The design of the Honda BR-V is based on an ‘Active Solid Motion’ concept and this is in line with its strong and firm body build.
The Honda BR-V is built on the same platform as the Honda Brio, Amaze and Mobilio, and it does seem to resemble the Honda Mobilio as it has primarily drawn its design inspiration from this. Its overall design, chiseled features and its many appealing elements makes it a good crossover SUV that appeals to anyone, and has a very convincing road presence with plenty to offer.
Honda BR-V's Exteriors
The appealing exteriors of the Honda BR-V have black projector headlights along with neat plastic body cladding on the skid plates, wheel arches and on the roof rails. The Honda BR-V's neat stance coupled with a very contrasting frontend makes its bonnet look quite interesting. It has a unique bumper design and some typical SUV specialty detailing and designs. The tail region of the automobile has a very flashy side to it but it blends in with its aesthetic appeal.
Honda BR-V's Interiors
The Honda BR-V features interiors that are more high-end than the Honda Mobilio or Amaze. Premium materials and design elements makes for a very inviting and comfy setting. There is adequate leg room and headroom and is complete with the latest in infotainment and console systems.
One of the biggest advantages of the Honda BR-V is its seating. And this is where it scores over other peer contenders. The car features a neatly fitted in third row of seats and thus making it the only 7-seater in this category. In spite of it being a 7-seater, there is a good amount of luggage room and if required, the rear seat can also be folded for more space.
Honda BR-V's Engine Specs and Transmissions
In the Indian context, the Honda BR-V will come with two engine options, the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine so as to facilitate greater fuel efficiency and increased on-road performance. The engines come with a 6-speed manual and CVT, improved gear ratio range and reduced friction and frame weight all aiming to give greater drivability quotient.
|Fuel Mode||Transmission||Engine Specs||Power||Speed||Speed||Mileage|
|118bhp @ 6600rpm||145 Nm at 4600 rpm||-||17-18 kmpl|
|98.6bhp||200 Nm||-||24-25 kmpl|
Honda BR-V's Pricing and Competition
The immediate competitors that the Honda BR-V would have in the compact crossover SUV segment would be the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and the Maruti S-Cross. In terms of pricing, it is set at a viable INR 8 to 14 lakhs for both the petrol and diesel engine versions.
After its first launch in Indonesia, the Honda BR-V will be launched and showcased in India via Asia’s second biggest Auto Show, the Auto Expo 2016.
The Auto Expo is taking place in New Delhi between the 5th of February and 9th of February 2016. Alongside, the Auto Show, a Components show is also happening within the same premises.