The 2016 Honda BR-V has been launched in India with a price tag of Rs. 8.75 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The BR-V is available in four variants and will compete with the Hyundai Creta, Mahindra Scorpio and Renault Duster.
The new Honda BR-V crossover has just been launched in India a starting price of Rs. 8.75 lakhs (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi) and growing up to the price of Rs. 12.90 lakhs for the top-end variant. The BR-V, which stands for ‘Bold Runabout Vehicle’ in Honda speak, is the second SUV in Honda’s Indian line-up along with the bigger CR-V. The BR-V was first showcased in June 2015 in Indonesia and is specifically targeted at the sub-continent and Asia-Pacific markets.
The Honda BR-V is wholly based on the Honda Mobilio MPV which is itself based on the stretched Brio platform. The crossover is measured at a length of 4455 mm, width of 1735 mm and a height of 1650 mm along with the wheelbase of 2660 mm. With the Mobilio underpinnings, the car also gets the three-row seating arrangement which is its trump-card in the segment.
The BR-V is powered by the familiar 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel and the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engines of the Honda family. The i-DTEC diesel engine is capable of producing 99 BHP of power and 200 Nm of torque whereas the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol mill is good for 117 BHP and 145 Nm. Where the petrol engine will be mated to two transmission options – a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed CVT automatic, the diesel engine will have to make do with a 6-speed manual gearbox only.
On the exteriors, the BR-V looks very similar to the Mobilio MPV because it is actually just a heavily re-styled Mobilio people carrier only. The BR-V carries the same Honda family face with a big chrome grille and swept back headlamps and a skid-plate. The sides of the car carry the same trademark Mobilio kink in the window-line and black plastic cladding on the wheel-arches and doors. The car gets bigger tyres and the obligatory roof-rails to complete the SUV-ish look.
Inside, the car has the same dashboard as the facelifted Amaze and is equipped with features such as start/stop button, steering-mounted controls, automatic climate control, roof mounted AC vents, Bluetooth connectivity, height-adjustable driver’s seat, etc. The Honda BR-V gets dual airbags as a standard fitment across all the variants. The SUV also gets ABS, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Hill Start Assist (HAS) in higher trim levels.
The Honda BR-V will compete head-on with established rivals such as the Hyundai Creta, the Renault Duster and the Mahindra Scorpio. Being a seven-seater car, the BR-V is also expected to be cross-shopped with lower variants of the Mahindra XUV500 and the newly launched Toyota Innova.
Honda BR-V Launched In India
– The new Honda BR-V is priced between Rs. 8.75 – 12.90 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi)
– Available in two engine options – 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel and a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol
– The car will have features like start/stop button, steering-mounted controls and automatic climate control
– The Honda BR-V gets a 3-year/Unlimited kms standard warranty
Honda BR-V Variants & Features
* E – body-coloured door handles and ORVMs, adjustable headrests for all rows of seats, 60:40 split second row of seats, 50:50 split third row of seats with reclining function, digital controls for the air-conditioning and front and rear power windows
* S – better fabric upholstery, a door centre sash black tape (blackened pillars) and cladding for the wheel arches
* V – chrome door handles, ORVMs with integrated turn indicators, front and rear mudguards, a 3D speedometer, security alarm, tweeters, speed sensitive automatic door locks
* VX – LED position lamps (DRLs), skid plates on the front and rear bumpers, leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear knob and leather pad on the door armrests
Honda BR-V Price
* E – Rs. 8.75 lakhs
* S – Rs. 9.90 lakhs
* V – Rs. 10.90 lakhs
* VX – Rs. 11.84 lakhs
* V CVT – Rs. 11.99 lakhs
* E – Rs. 9.90 lakhs
* S – Rs. 10.99 lakhs
* V – Rs. 11.85 lakhs
* VX – Rs. 12.90 lakhs
all prices ex-showroom, Delhi.