The Honda BR-V is a highly awaited new car model from the house of the Japanese car maker. The Honda BR-V compact crossover model is expected to be a huge hit, something which can be comparable to the success of the Honda City in the Indian car market.
The Honda BR-V will be hitting the domestic car market of India on 5th of May and is likely to be priced in the range of around Rs. 8 to 11 lakhs for the petrol version and around Rs. 9 to 12 lakhs for the diesel version. Once launch in this country, the dashing new the Honda BR-V will be locking its horns directly with models such as the popular Renault Duster, incredibly successful Hyundai Creta, old warhorse Mahindra Scorpio, Nissan Terrano and Tata Safari.
When it comes to looks, the Honda BR-V is a stunner. Although it shares a lot of design features with its MPV sibling Honda Mobilio, it has its own individual styling features as well and looks very stylish and trendy. On the whole, the crossover gets Honda’s patent premium looks and its front face also looks pretty similar to the Honda City and the Honda Jazz models, but being a compact SUV it gets more aggressive styling along with muscular front bumper and sporty and highly stylized front grille. At its back, the BR-V flaunts large tail light clusters are very unique and stretches all the way to the gate. The vehicle also gets a heavy dose of chrome garnish at the front, on the tailgate and the bottom edges of the doors which add to the premium appeal and offer a bling factor to the already handsome vehicle. The side profile of the SUV does look very similar to the Mobilio MPV but owing to its design and dimensions, the BR-V looks and feels a lot bigger.
The BR-V compact crossover is based on the same extended Brio platform as the Mobilio and on the interior also it shares parts with the Mobilio, but feels much more premium. In terms of interior premium look the BR-V is again similar to Jazz and City. The India-spec BRV will flaunt beige upholstery with optional leather interiors for the range topping variants while the lower variants receive premium quality beige fabric seat upholstery.
The primary draw point of the new Honda BR-V is its 7-seater configuration that is the first in its own segment and will offer the BR-V an edge over all of its 5-seater rivals. Despite being a compact SUV/crossover, the BR-V offers spacious and comfortable interior and its middle row and even the last row offer good legroom and head space.
Honda BR-V gets powered by a 1.5L petrol engine that makes 120 PS of power and is mated to a choice of a 5 speed manual and a CVT gearbox>ed manual and a CVT gearbox; and a 1.5L turbocharged 4diesel mill delivering 100 PS and is coupled to a 6 speed manual transmission.