During a media presentation at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan where Rushlane is going to drive the Honda BR-V shortly, the automaker has confirmed that the India-spec compact crossover will be powered by 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines.
This confirmation dismisses earlier media reports which claimed that the Honda BR-V diesel variant will employ the 1.6-litre i-DTEC motor which is available in the Europe-spec CR-V. Honda Car India’s decision to opt for the 1.5-litre i-DTEC motor is influenced by the fact that this particular motor is heavily localized in India already.
Given that both the platform and powertrain are almost fully localized, Honda will save on cost and lead time in bringing the BR-V here which would enable it to price the car competitively. The 1.5-litre diesel engine which is developed exclusively for India powers the Amaze, Mobilio and City.
On board the City, it employs a 6-speed MT whereas it makes do with a 5-speed MT under the hoods of the Amaze and Mobilio. In its existing state of tune, the motor puts out 100 PS and 200 Nm of torque. Known for its fuel efficiency, the 1.5-litre i-DTEC motor is expected to deliver an ARAI certified mileage of close to 25 kmpl under the BR-V’s hood.
The Honda BR-V will also come with the 119 PS 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. Both 5-MT and CVT could be on offer. The car will be on sale in India next fiscal.