The All-New Honda BR-V has finally made its first public appearance in India at the 2016 Auto Expo. The BR-V compact SUV was unveiled in Indonesia last year, and even it has gone on sale in Indonesia. The BR-V, unlike its rivals like Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and Maruti S-Cross, is available in a 7-seater configuration. The Japanese automaker has termed the BR-V as 'Crossover Utility Vehile' (CUV) rather than SUV.
Honda BR-V would be locally manufactured at the company's Tapukara production facility in Rajasthan to keep pricing competitive. Talking about the exterior designing, the BR-V compact SUV carries full body cladding, roof-rails and bold front grille. The compact SUV rides on 16-inch alloy wheels. The BR-V, like almost every Honda product, comes with excellent inner cabin spaciousness. There is adequate legroom, head room and shoulder room for 7 adults. As for safety, the company is offering dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and HSA. The cabin also has a multi-information display (MID) instrument cluster. Developed exclusively for the Asian market by Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co. Ltd, the much-awaited Honda BR-V is scheduled to be launched in India this year.
Mechanically, the BR-V would be launched in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The compact SUV shares both the engines with the City sedan. The petrol variants would be powered by the 1.5L, 4-cylinder i-VTEC motor, while the diesel variants would get the 1.5L, 4-cylinder i-DTEC mill. Both the engines would be linked to a manual gearbox, while an automatic transmission could also be available as option. The company hasn't disclosed the pricing or variants yet, but it is expected to be priced in a domain of Rs. 7.5-11 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom).
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Takahiro Hachigo, President, CEO & Representative Officer, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. said, "India is the largest contributor to the Asia & Oceania region and the 4th largest contributor for Honda’s automobile sales globally making it one of the most important and fastest growing markets for us. In order to further accelerate growth in this important market, Honda is committed to continue providing challenging products, which are unique to Honda and exceed our customers’ expectation. The introduction of Honda BR-V is a further testament of our commitment to the market.”
Mr Katsushi Inoue, President and CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd, said, “As we celebrate 20 years of our existence in India and building an affinity with over 1 Million Indian customers, HCIL is adopting a new brand direction of “Advanced and Exciting” and our products, dealerships and communication will be guided by this new brand direction. Year 2015 has been a very successful year for HCIL as we achieved our record sales of 200,000 units in a calendar year. The launch of exciting new models Honda BR-V and Accord in 2016 will help us accelerate our growth this year and also strengthen our brand in the country.”