We are inching towards the launch of the compact SUV Honda BR-V on May 5, 2016, with many options in this segment, read through five important facts about the all-new Honda BR-V.
1. Honda BR-V Is A 7-Seater
Honda is looking to create a niche for itself in the compact SUV segment by providing a 7-seater layout for the BR-V. With the longer rear overhang design, Honda has engineered the BR-V including the third row to accommodate two more people in the compact SUV. The Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta are the rivals to the Honda BR-V and Honda wants to give an edge to the BR-V.
Honda BR-V Exterior Images
2. The BR-V Is An MPV & SUV
The Honda BR-V is built on the Mobilio, Brio, and Amaze platform and not the Honda CR-V platform that we might ponder. The company built on this platform for the sole purpose of seating seven people. This has led to a bit longer wheelbase and from the side profile, the BR-V very much reminds us of the Mobilio and we can mistake it for an MPV than an SUV. However, the taller stance and the butch look makes it more of an SUV than an MPV, a great move by Honda.
Honda BR-V Interior Images
3. The BR-V's Performance
The Japanese manufacturer will power the Honda BR-V 1.5-litre in both the tunes of petrol and diesel, which is seen in the Mobilio, producing 118bhp for the petrol and 99bhp for the diesel. Having said that, the Honda BR-V will be positioned above the Mobilio and will be re-tuned to provide more power to substantiate the SUV character it boasts of. The gearbox will be in manual and CVT or the automatic as it's called, here only the petrol will get the CVT.
Honda BR-V Official Images
4. Honda BR-V's Safety Factor
The ASEAN NCAP, which tests vehicles for Southeast Asian Countries including India has given the Honda BR-V an awesome five-star rating for variants which included the ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and variants without the ESC received a four-star rating. Apart from the rating, Honda will feature the BR-V with airbags, ABS with EBD and Hill Start Assist to name a few. Honda could surprise us with more safety features for the BR-V cut the competition from its rivals.
5. Honda BR-V Price & Competition
The BR-V will be Honda's first compact SUV and the company will look to price it sensitively in the Indian market. We can expect it in the range of Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 12 lakh depending on the variant. In the Indonesian market, the Honda BR-V's pricing starts at Rs. 11.5 lakh for the petrol engine. The BR-V will go head on with the Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta, the Creta is a runaway hit for Hyundai and it's the current leader in the segment. Time will tell how Honda will respond to the market sentiment as it has a huge cult following in the country.