Though the origins of 2016 Honda BR-V (Bold Runabout Vehicle) has not been confirmed officially, it’s safe to assume that it is the Brio platform-based SUV (codename 2SJ) that has been in the news for quite a while. The crossover derives its design cues, especially the front fascia, from Vision XS-1 concept which was showcased at Auto Expo 2014.
BR-V justifies its name with a bold front fascia which incorporates a prominent chrome badge-carrying grille, sweptback projector headlamps, sporty bumper with silver scuff plates and chrome embellished elliptical foglamps, and a heavily contoured bonnet.
A tapered A-pillar, flat roofline, edgy daylight opening and accentuated character lines are the design highlights in profile. Flared wheel arches, black lower body cladding and a high ground clearance add to its crossover appeal.
Rear fascia is characterized by a rectangular windshield, interconnected 3D LED taillights, low-mounted license plate enclosure with a chrome highlight and a silver diffuser (exhaust pipe is hidden). Honda has not revealed the interior sketches yet.
The company has confirmed that BR-V will be powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine for Indonesia with a choice to two advanced transmissions. It will have 7-seats in 3-rows. Further details are expected to be released at its world premiere on August 20.
For India, Honda will also offer 2016 BR-V will the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. Competition would come from Renault Duster, Hyundai Creta, Maruti S-Cross and Nissan Terrano, all of which offer only 5-seats. Expect the Indian debut to take place at next year’s Auto Expo in February.