Honda Cars India is all set to launch the BR-V crossover on May 5, 2016 in the country. The bookings for the 7-seater SUV have started at a token amount of Rs. 21,000 across the company dealerships in India. It is also being learnt that Honda BR-V would be priced extremely competitively and would have local content over 90 percent, while being manufactured at the Japanese automaker's Tapukara production facility in Rajasthan.
Having made its first public appearance in India at the 2016 Auto Expo, the BR-V is 4,455 mm long, 1,735 mm wide, and 1,650 mm high. It comes with a wheelbase of 2660mm, while getting a ground clearance of 201mm. The top-of-the-range variants are expected to feature projector headlights with LED light guides, diamond-cut alloy wheels, roof rails, skid plates and a rear spoiler. The interior cabin of the BR-V is identical to the Amaze facelift, which was launched recently. As for safety features, the compact SUV would boast of dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). The cabin would also comprise of high-end features like steering-mounted controls, automatic climate control, integrated Bluetooth-enabled music system and a third row seating option.
Mechanically, Honda BR-V would be launched in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The petrol variants would be powered by the 1.5L, 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine which generates 117bhp of maximum power and 145Nm of peak torque. On the other hand, the diesel variants would in-house the 1.5L, 4-cylinder i-DTEC engine which would belt out 99bhp of top power and 200Nm of highest torque. Just so you know, both the aforementioned engine are already on offer with Honda City. With BR-V, both these engines would be linked to a 6-speed manual transmission. An automatic and all-wheel-drive variant can be expected at a later stage. Honda BR-V would lock horns with the Renault Duster, Hyundai Creta, Maruti S-Cross and Mahindra Scorpio.