Honda BR-V leaked ahead of global debut
Honda’s next big entrant for the India market, the BR-V SUV has been leaked ahead of its global debut in Indonesia.
The new Honda BR-V is an SUV based on the Brio platform. These first set of images show the SUV in its close-to-production version. The Honda BR-V, as hinted by us earlier, is likely to share a lot of common parts from the Mobilio both on the exteriors and under the skin, however, the front styling of the new BR-V differs largely from its MPV cousin. The BR-V gets a more squarish look upfront with a chrome-laden grille and new headlamps that have projector beams and chrome inserts. The front bumper is new and gets a wider air dam and two chrome-ringed fog lamps as well.
Moving on to the sides, the BR-V is likely to look similar to the Mobilio MPV thanks to similar doors and window-line but will get additional ground clearance and unique body cladding along with larger alloy wheels.
As predicted by us earlier, the Honda BR-V gets a completely unique dashboard design. This new dashboard is more in-line with upmarket Honda City sedan than the Brio, Amaze and Mobilio. It gets a dual tone layout with the top half getting a darker shade and a silver border separating it from the bottom half which gets a lighter shade. The BR-V’s AC vents are shaped similar to the City‘s and it also gets the City’s infotainment system and touchscreen HVAC controls. The instrument binnacle is also similar to the Honda City with three circular units, however the BR-V is likely to use the same steering wheel with mounted controls like the Mobilio and Amaze.
On the engine department, there is a possibility of the engines getting an update. There will be the familiar 1.5-litre petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel on offer. However, the big news is that Honda is likely to offer a six-speed manual gearbox on the BR-V, in place of the five-speed unit seen on the Amaze and the Mobilio. According to our sister magazine, Autocar Indonesia, this new six-speed gearbox will have optimised ratios for better engine response and class-leading fuel efficiency.
Also, likely to be on offer is a CVT gearbox which could be a segment first. Currently, the Amaze and Brio come with a five-speed automatic gearbox in India. This CVT gearbox mated to the petrol motor, will be an all-new compact unit developed specifically for the BR-V that uses Honda’s Earth Dreams technology.
The new Honda BR-V will directly compete with the likes of the Mahindra Scorpio, Renault Duster and the recently-launched Hyundai Creta.
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