Honda BR-V to hit showrooms on May 5
The SUV segment has been growing at a phenomenal rate for the past few years. In view of this, all manufacturers have launched their products to make hay while the sun shines, excluding some, which includes Honda. Surprisingly the Japanese automaker does not have any offering in this lucrative segment, yet.
Come May 5 and Honda will be launching the BR-V, its compact SUV contender. Based on the same platform which underpins the Brio, Amaze and Mobilio; this will be a seven-seater, making it the first vehicle in the segment to come with this feature. Looks wise, the BR-V appears like a Mobilio with high ground clearance, especially from the side profile. Distinct styling characteristics are sleek headlamps, a chunky chrome grille, plastic body cladding, flared wheel arches and sharp shoulder/character lines.
Space is the strong point of this compact SUV. With an overall length of 4,456mm there is enough space for three rows, with even the last row having AC vents and enough room for comfort on long journeys. The interior is developed along the lines of the Jazz, boasting of premium quality materials and high levels of fit and finish.
Read our first drive impressions of the BR-V here.
Power will come from 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines, already working in the Mobilio and City but likely offered with different states of tune. In the Indonesian market, the petrol power plant produces 118bhp and 145Nm. The Indian variant will unsurprisingly also come with a diesel that is expected to churn out figures of 99bhp and 200Nm. Transmission options abroad are a CVT automatic and six-speed manual, here we are likely to get the current five-speed unit.
So, for those of you who are hunting for a compact SUV, it might make sense to hold on for some time longer. With a price expected between Rs 8-14 lakh, it might just be worth the wait. Oh, and for those who can't wait, bookings have already started at Honda dealerships across the country.