Honda Cars India is all set to launch the BR-V crossover in the country. But, prior to the official launch, the variants and features of the SUV has been leaked online. Honda BR-V would be introduced in both petrol and diesel fuel trims, while challenging the likes of Renault Duster, Nissan Terrano, Hyundai Creta and Maruti S-Cross. The media drives have been concluded, and the company would launch the BR-V tomorrow - May 5, 2016 - in India.
Coming to the variants, Honda BR-V would be offered in four grades - E, S, V and VX - in both the petrol and diesel guises. As for features, the compact SUV would have chrome front grille, rear garnish, body-coloured door handles and ORVMs, adjustable headrests, 60:40 split second row seats, 50:50 split third row seats with reclining function, automatic climate control, front and rear power windows and tilt steering. Moving to the S grade, apart from having all the features of S grade, it would boast of blackened pillars and cladding for the wheel arches. The interior upholstery would also be a notch higher in quality than the base variants.
Speaking about the V derivative, besides donning all the features of S variant, it would get chrome door handles, ORVMs with integrated turn indicators, front and rear mudguards, 3D speedometer, security alarm, tweeters, speed sensitive automatic door locks and impact sensing auto door unlock system. Last but certainly not the least, the flagship VX variant would come loaded with exquisite features like LED daytime running lamps, skid plates at the front and rear bumpers, leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob, leather pad on the door armrests and driver's side window auto up/down feature as standard. Just so you know, it would be the only vehicle in its segment to come with a 7-seat configuration.
Mechanically, Honda BR-V would be using the same set of engines as the City sedan. The petrol variants would be powered by the company's tried and trusted 1.5L, 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine, while the diesel variants would get 1.5L, 4-cylinder motor. Both the engines would be linked to a 6-speed manual transmission, while a CVT automatic gearbox would be available as optional. The BR-V was awarded the highest 5-star safety rating by the ASEAN NCAP and the India-spec model would also feature dual front airbags as standard across the entire variant line-up. Being based on the Brio architecture, the SUV has received over 500 bookings in the month of April.