Honda BR-V India launch in next fiscal, says CEO

Talking to the Indian media at Tokyo moments earlier, Katsushi Inoue, president and CEO, Honda Cars India, announced that the Honda BR-V 7-seat crossover SUV based on the Brio platform will be launched here in the next fiscal (After March 20, 2016).

The SUV which world premiered at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Motor Show 2015 earlier this year would make its Indian debut at the Auto Expo 2016 in February. To be pitted against the likes of Renault Duster, Hyundai Creta, Maruti S-Cross and Nissan Terrano, the BR-V will be betting big on its additional row of seats.

The car features a bold chrome-enriched front fascia, an almost MPV like profile save for flared wheel arches and plastic cladding, interconnected angular taillights, roof racks and a rear diffuser.

Honda BR-V Bookings
Heavy localization and 3 rows of seats are the strong selling points of the BR-V.

The petrol engine would be the 1.5-litre 119 PS i-VTEC motor that also powers the Mobilio and City. Recent media reports suggested that, Honda will opt to debut the 120 PS 1.6-litre i-DTEC EarthDreams diesel engine in India instead of going with the existing 100 PS 1.5-litre mill.

Honda India would be counting on the heavily localized platform to price the car competitively. The BR-V will be built at the automaker’s Tapukara plant (Rajasthan) which will be ready with additional capacity by the time of launch.

The Honda BR-V is expected to be priced between INR 8.5 – 12.5 lakhs (ex-showroom).