Honda BR-V: 5 things to know
The Honda BR-V is just around the corner. The car was officially unveiled in India at Auto Expo 2016, and though price details aren’t known yet, we expect it to be positioned above the Mobilio. With its launch just a couple of weeks away (May 5), we bring you five facts about Honda’s small SUV.
1. This is Honda’s first small SUV in India
Manufacturers have been rushing to grab of a slice of the small-SUV pie, so the BR-V’s launch could not have come at a more opportune time. The BR-V will take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta, facelifted Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano and Maruti S-cross.
2. The BR-V is a 7-seater
What will give the BR-V a considerable edge over its popular competitors such as the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster, is its 7-seat layout. Although a longer rear overhang was necessary to accommodate the third row, and it does makes the car look slightly MPV-like from the side, customers are likely to appreciate the extra space and seats.
3. The BR-V still retains butch SUV looks
The BR-V gets an impressive 201mm ground clearance, squared fascia, chunky bumpers, flared wheel arches, roof rails, a rising beltline and all-round body cladding giving it that butch SUV look.
The BR-V is based on the same platform as the Brio, Amaze and Mobilio, and will be positioned above the three models. It also gets the dashboard design as the recently facelifted Honda Amaze.
5. Powered by the familiar 1.5-litre Honda engines
The BR-V will be equipped with the familiar 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines from the City and the Mobilio, though some changes in tuning are expected. Transmission options are likely to include a five- or six-speed manual gearbox and a CVT automatic gearbox for the petrol version.