Honda Cars India is all set to launch the BR-V compact SUV next month in the country. The company has released a series of images, revealing the India-bound model completely, ahead of the official launch in May 2016. Honda BR-V made its first public appearance in India at the 2016 Auto Expo in February. The Japanese automaker has started the pre-launch activities of the compact SUV and it plans to showcase the BR-V in several cities prior to the launch.
The variant shown in the images is the flagship VX variant and flaunts 'i-DTEC' emblem at the bootlid. Being based on the Brio's architecture - similar to Amaze and Mobilio - the BR-V would come loaded with several high-end exterior features such as LED projector headlamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, front and rear skid guards, roof rails, rear spoiler and rear wiper/washer. The interior cabin in identical to the recently launched Amaze facelift, while featuring 2-DIN entertainment system, automatic climate control, steering mounted controls and 60:40 split second row seats as standard features.
Mechanically, Honda BR-V would be available in both petrol and diesel fuel trims. The petrol variants would come loaded with the company's tried and trusted 1.5L, 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine which develops 117bhp of top power and 145Nm of peak torque. The Indonesian-spec model was paired to a new 6-speed manual transmission as standard, while CVT automatic gearbox was offered as optional. The India-spec model is also expected to get both the aforementioned gearboxes. Coming to the diesel variants, they would be powered by Honda's 1.5L, 4-cylinder EarthDreams engine, belting out 99bhp of maximum power and 200Nm of highest torque. It would be linked to a manual gearbox. The BR-V is expected to be priced in bracket of Rs. 8.5-12 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom), while going against the likes of Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Maruti S-Cross, Hyundai Creta and Mahindra Scorpio.