Honda BR-V compact SUV breaks cover at the GIIAS
Honda’s compact SUV has finally made its international debut today at the ongoing GIIAS. Based on the Brio platform which also underpins the Amaze and Mobilio, the BR-V has the expected SUV characteristics with a rugged yet elegant design. The interiors are not anywhere similar to the aforementioned vehicles much to everyone’s satisfaction and instead carries similarities with the Jazz and City. However, it is to be noted that this is still a prototype and not the final production model.
With roof rails coming as standard, the Honda BR-V has a good ground clearance with a bold front end to match. A big chrome slat runs across the front grille and the headlamps look very similar to the bigger CR-V. The side profile reminds us of the Mobilio which to be honest does not gel well with the overall profile of the SUV. The 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels look great and the cladding has been tastefully done as well. Unfortunately, the rear end has not been revealed.
Given the Honda brand, interiors are expected to be very roomy with separate AC vents for all three rows of seating. The company will also be providing a touchscreen infotainment system with the top trims of the BR-V. The upcoming SUV will be powered by the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol motor which is also found on the City and Mobilio. This engine can generate 120 HP at 6600 RPM and 145 Nm of torque at 4600 RPM. Power will be driven to the wheels through a new 6-speed manual gearbox and a CVT automatic transmission. On the safety front, the BR-V comes with two airbags at the front, Vehicle Stability Assist, ABS with EBD and Hill Start Assist.
The Honda BR-V has been priced between Rs. 10.8-12.5 lakhs (ex-showroom) in Indonesia. When it will make its way to our country, the Japanese car maker will be equipping it with the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine as well and the BR-V will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Ford EcoSport, Renault Duster and Maruti S-Cross.