Honda India will launch its first compact SUV, the BR-V in India on May 6, 2016.
The Honda BR-V will be powered by the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. This engine is shared from the Honda City and the Mobilio, however, it will be tweaked to enhance the power of the compact SUV.
Currently, the petrol engine develops an impressive 117bhp at 6600rpm and a commanding torque of 145Nm at 4600rpm which is mated to 5-speed manual gearbox and the CVT will be offered as well.
As for the diesel engine, the 1.5-litre power unit pushes out 99bhp at 3600rpm and good torque of 200Nm at 1750rpm, which will be mated to 6-speed manual gearbox.
You can expect a mileage of 17 to 18km/l for the petrol and a good 26km/l from the diesel plant. The Honda BR-V is built from the Brio, Amaze and the Mobilio platform, however, its interiors will be shared from the Jazz and the City.
The Honda BR-V boasts of first-in-segment 7-seater layout and that's the reason for it share the platform from Brio, Amaze and Mobilio. The BR-V looks more of an SUV, however, it feels like an MPV with its overhung back to accommodate the third-row seats.
On the design front, the Honda BR-V's front grille sports a large single slat chrome strip bisecting the air dams, connecting the angular headlamps. The front and rear bumper are well chiseled, looking sharp and smooth.
The taillamps are of LED units and look angular in design and a reflector which connects both the taillamps. From the side profile, it reminds you of the Mobilio design which looks a little longer, Honda might have designed to house the third-row seats.
The interior of the Honda BR-V reveals a dual tone dashboard looking clean and controls have been placed quite neatly. On the safety front, the BR-V will come with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and it might feature the VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist), HAS (Hill Start Assist) and BA (Brake Assist) to emphasize the SUV language.
You can expect the pricing of the Honda BR-V in the range of Rs. 8 to 12 lakh ex-showroom and will compete with Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster.