The much-awaited Honda BR-V is all set to be unveiled in India at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo tomorrow, with Honda likely to launch the compact SUV in mid-2016 in the country. Earlier, the production-ready version of the SUV had been displayed at the 2015 Thailand Motor Show, where Honda labelled it as an ‘Active Sport Crossover’.
The BR-V compact SUV is likely to come with most of the features that we saw on the prototype unit we had reviewed earlier. The car is equipped with angular headlamps with projector units and LED DRLs, an aggressive front bumper housing, round fog lamps with chrome bezels, and a prominent U-shaped chrome slat with the Honda badge on the front grille.
The Honda BR-V’s side profile features sharp character lines, black plastic underbody cladding, and roof rails, and is likely to get a set of sporty 16-inch alloy wheels. As for the rear section, the BR-V uses the same aggressive approach that defines its front fascia. The most prominent elements are the new tail lamp cluster that gives the feel of a single unit with C-shaped lights on both sides, the thick chrome slat at the centre of the tail gate, and the rear skid plate.
The car will also include safety features like dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HAS), etc.
As for its interior design, the India-spec model will be a 7-seater. Globally, the BR-V comes with 2 seating configurations – 7 seats in 3 rows with multi-adjustable functions and 5 seats in 2 rows with a large boot space.
Under the hood, the Honda BR-V compact SUV sports a 1.5-litre SOHC, 4-cylinder, 16-valve i-VTEC engine that delivers maximum power of 117bhp and a peak torque of 146 Nm. The SUV will also feature a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel unit that powers the City and Mobilio, producing 99bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. Transmission options will include Honda’s signature CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) gearbox along with a 5-speed unit.