Honda BR-V compact SUV, which is scheduled to be launched in India on 5 May, 2016, is now available for pre-bookings across the carmaker’s dealerships in the country for a token amount of 21,000. One must note, that these are only dealer bookings; Honda is yet to make an official announcement about the BR-V’s bookings.
The Honda BR-V is underpinned by the extended Brio platform and takes some inspiration from the Mobilio MPV’s design. The compact SUV is based on Honda’s ‘Active Solid Motion’ design philosophy; the large chrome-slat grille, black projector head-lamps, sturdy bumper, the plastic body cladding on the wheel arches, and the high ground clearance together with other elements add to the BR-V’s spirited stance. Its rear, on the other hand, looks quite new for a Honda car in India, thanks to the single unit tail-lamps.
Honda BR-V Rear
Honda BR-V Rear
Moving on to dimensions, the SUV measures 4,455mm in length, 1,735mm in width, 1,650mm in height and gets a wheelbase of 2,660mm. Other than the promise of ample cabin space, Honda BR-V’s ground clearance of 201mm gives a fair idea about its readiness to take on the variety of roads in the country.
Honda’s 7-seater compact SUV will be offered with a choice of two engine options: the 1.5-litre SOHC petrol and the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel. While the petrol unit develops 117 horses along with a maximum torque of 146Nm, the diesel puts out 99bhp and 200Nm of torque. For transmission, Honda will offer a 6-speed manual gearbox along with the choice of a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).
Honda BR-V Front Quarter
The Honda BR-V compact SUV’s list of rivals includes established names like the Renault Duster and the Hyundai Creta. Keeping its competition in mind, we expect the Honda BR-V’s price to range between 8.5 lakh – 12 lakh.
Honda BR-V Launch Date: 5 May, 2016
Honda BR-V Price (Expected): 8.5 lakh – 12 lakh
Honda BR-V Rivals: Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta