The Honda BR-V compact crossover had one global debut at the GAIKINDO International Auto Show this August in Indonesia and is currently being showcased at the 32nd Thailand Motor Expo. Along with the regular BR-V, a Modulo variant is also being flaunted. The BR-V will enter the Indian and Thailand market at different times next year.
The BR-V Modulo gets a spruced up exterior with silver cladded accents all over the body. The Modulo gets exclusive double-toned alloy wheels which are missing on the regular BR-V models. The car also gets exclusive chrome door handles, a chrome exhaust pipe, and chrome inserts for the wing mirrors. The Modulo variant will also feature a roof spoiler on the back.
The interiors of the Modulo variant will feature drilled pedals and a different steering wheel. The interiors will be more or less the same as in the regular BR-V and there will be no mechanical changes at all. Basically, the BR-V Modulo variant is for those who’d like to own a BR-V like many others all over the world, but still want their car to stand apart.
The BR-V is based on the ‘active solid motion’ theme and looks beefy. It gets the thick chrome grille typical of Honda, as the Honda logo sits proudly at the center. The headlamps get a strip of LED lamps as well. The chrome is present on the fog lights too. Apart from that, the car will feature ORVMs that will incorporate side indicators and can be folded electronically. The car will feature a 6.1 inch infotainment system and full black interiors for a classy-sporty look.
Talking about the engine of the BR-V model, the Thai market will get the 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine with a constantly variable transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission option to choose from. The engine will produce up to 120PS maximum power. The Indian market will get this petrol engine but in addition to that, there will be a 1.5 liter i-DTEC engine too, which will offer a lower power of up to 100PS, but a relatively higher torque.
In India, the crossover will debut at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo in February and will probably go on sale by the end of the second quarter in the same year. The compact SUV will battle the likes of the much awaited Nissan Terrano, the newly launched Hyundai Creta, and the very successful Renault Duster. The price of the car can be expected to be reasonable as it will be produced at India’s own Tapukara plant with heavy localization. Honda Cars India is aiming for a competitive pricing goal in order to start off a strong battle with its rivals.
With a length of almost 4.5m and a wheelbase of 2.7m, the car will offer a high ground clearance of 200mm. Honda has made the car comfortable and spacious, apart from adding impressive safety features. The brand wants to make sure that the BR-V is a big success, unlike the CR-V, and has therefore decided to aggressively price the car despite all the impressive features.