India-spec Honda BR-V details revealed
Honda has released details of the India-spec BR-V SUV that will be launched in our market on May 5, 2016. As expected, the BR-V for India will be available with three engine-gearbox options with power channeled solely to the front wheels. There will not be an all-wheel drive version.
The mainstay of the BR-V range will be the diesel model that comes powered by Honda’s 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine. While there were indications the engine would be tuned for more power on the BR-V, it continues to make 100hp and 200Nm; same as on the Honda City and Mobilio. The diesel engine will come mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. With an ARAI-tested fuel efficiency figure of 21.9kpl, the diesel BR-V boasts class-best fuel-efficiency. Sadly, though, there will not be an automatic version for the diesel.
The other engine of choice will be Honda’s 119hp, 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. This engine will be available with both manual and automatic gearbox options. Interestingly, the manual gearbox is a new six-speed unit rather than the five-speed one the petrol City and Mobilio come with. Honda insiders didn’t confirm if this gearbox will make it to the other Hondas as well, but it’s something to expect in the near future. The petrol manual BR-V’s ARAI-tested fuel efficiency is 15.4kpl, while the petrol automatic’s figure is slightly higher at 16kpl. The BR-V automatic that is likely to interest urban buyers uses a continuously variable transmission or CVT. Drivers will have the option to manually operate the gearbox via steering-mounted paddles which is a first-in-class feature.
Honda has not revealed the exact variant break-up as yet, but has confirmed dual airbags will be standard across the range. Also worth noting is anti-lock brakes will be standard on the diesel BR-V, but will be available only on mid-range and higher versions of the BR-V petrol. What might come as a disappointment to many buyers is the fact that there will not be a touchscreen infotainment system on any version of the BR-V. However, the audio player will allow Bluetooth telephony and audio streaming. Automatic climate control, steering-mounted audio buttons, push button start, electrically foldable outside rear-view mirrors, LED light guides and 16-inch alloy wheels are some of the other features that will be part of the kit on the top-spec versions.
As you may already know, the BR-V for India will come with seven seats and this gives it a big advantage over rivals like the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, Maruti S-cross and Nissan Terrano that are only five-seaters. Moreover, the middle row can be moved for and aft too. Honda is also claiming class-best luggage room for the BR-V. Folding the third row of seats frees up a massive 691 litres of luggage space. The BR-V’s class-leading 210mm ground clearance is another number that is likely to be of interest to Indian buyers. At 4,453mm long, the BR-V is also the longest of the small SUVs.
Prices are not out as yet but we expect the Honda to undercut rivals like the Hyundai Creta by some margin. BR-V bookings are on and deliveries will commence from May 5 onwards.
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