Japanese automaker, Honda has launched the BR-V compact SUV at a starting price of Rs 8.75 lakh (Ex showroom, Delhi). First made its Indian debut at the Auto Expo 2016, the BR-V is the first 7-seater compact SUV by Honda in the country that will compete with the likes of Hyundai Creta, Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, and Nissan Terrano. The BRV compact SUV is built on Honda's 'Activ Solid Motion' design philosophy, which will be seen on the company's future models and is based on the extended Brio platform that also underpins the Mobilio MPV.
Honda BR-V is also the third product from the Japanese automaker designed and developed by R&D Asia Pacific Co.Ltd (HRAP) in Thailand. The compact SUV has an impressive front along with an equally appealing rear profile. Up front, it gets projector head lights with LED light guides, fog lamps and chrome grille will ornate the vehicle. While cabin is expected to offer enough space and will also feature a seven-seat lay-out. However, there could hardly be any traces of similarity inside the cabin with that of Mobilio which infers fresh cabin styled differently.
Inside, the Honda BR-V comes with equipments like infotainment system with touch-screen, Bluetooth, reverse parking camera and USB along with features such as steering mounted controls for audio among other comfort goodies. The rear as well as middle rows could also feature AC vents.From safety segment, the SUV comes with dual front air bags for driver and co-passenger, anti-lock-braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, vehicle stability assist, hill start assist etc. For Indian market Honda will spun-off diesel variants as well along with petrol options. We also expect an option for an automatic transmission along with a manual gearbox.
Speaking of the engine lineup, Honda BR-V is available in both petrol and diesel options. Honda BR-V would be using the same set of engines as the City sedan. The petrol variants is powered by company's trusted 1.5-litre 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine and the diesel variants comes with a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder unit. Both the engines would be connected to a 6-speed manual transmission, and a CVT automatic gearbox would be available as optional.