The Honda BR-V compact crossover based on the Brio platform made its Indian debut at the ongoing 2016 Auto Expo 2016. The car which is set to go on sale in India in the coming months has garnered “fabulous response” during the first two public days of the show, says Mr Katsushi Inoue, President and CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd.
The car which will be pitted against the popular Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster will use the additional seating capacity as its weapon of choice. The BR-V adopts 2+3+2 seating configuration.
Visually, the ‘Bold Runabout Vehicle’ looks more like an beefed up Mobilio. The salient design features include chrome enriched front fascia, black plastic cladding for the lower part of the body, stylish alloy wheels and rugged looking bumpers at both ends.
Inside, the dashboard design is borrowed from the City/Jazz rather than the Mobilio. The fully loaded variant would come equipped with touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, projector headlamps, dual airbags, ABS, fog lights, leather seats, etc. The ABS and dual airbags are expected to be offered as standard features across the lineup.
Powertrain lineup would be derived from the City. The 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine produces 119 PS and comes mated either to a 5-speed manual or a CVT. The 100 PS 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine is expected to be mated to a 6-speed transmission.
Expect the Honda BR-V to be launched in India in mid-2016 with a very high local content to arrive at a competitive price point