Honda BR-V (BRV), which made its world premier at the Gaikindo Motor Show 2015 was showcased at the 2016 Auto Expo. Honda BR-V, Bold Runabout Vehicle as it is called, was already launched in Indonesia at a price range of IDR 226,500,000 (Rs. 11.29 lakhs)- IDR 261,500,000 (Rs. 13.03 lakhs). This product is designed and developed at Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co Ltd in Thailand. With the fall in sales of Mobilio, Honda is hoping BR-V to grab some revenue out of it.Honda has set a sales target of 36,000 units/annum for BR-V. To accommodate for future growth, Honda is in the process of expanding its Tapukara plant by 60,000 units to take the total production capacity at Tapukara to 300,000 units/ annum.
Honda BR-V in India is expected to be powered by two engine options : 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel. In Indonesia, it is being offered in six colour options : Passion Red Pearl, Misty Green Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic,Taffeta White, Lunar Silver Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl
Honda BR-V (BRV) Launch date in India:
With SOP (Start of Production) expected to take place in April 2016, Honda might launch BR-V in the mid of 2016.
Honda BR-V (BRV) Price in India:
Honda BR-V will be positioned neck- to- neck with Creta/Duster. So it is estimated to be priced in the range of Rs. 8 lakhs – Rs. 12 lakhs
Honda BR-V Image Gallery:
Exterior Styling :
Having built by making modifications to the Mobilio MPV, Honda BR-V still leaves impressions of the Mobilio, particularly in the side view. Front View is welcomed by flat bonnet along with solid Honda grille that merges beautifully with the head lamps. Rear view gets tail lamps which are connected with a strip.
The changes made to Mobilio are : Front grille design, headlamp and tail lamp design, Front and rear bumpers, 16 inch wheels, side skirts, roof rails, chrome on tail gate
Carry over parts: Fender, Door panels, Tail gate etc.
Coming to the dimensions, BR-V measures 4,456 mm in length, 1,735 in width and 1,650 in height. This is the advantage you get over competitors (Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster) when you derive it from MPV. It has also got a wheelbase of 2,660 mm, which gives you a decent cabin space. A ground Clearance of 200 mm gives you confidence to drive in bad road conditions. To give that SUV ride height, BR-V is supported by 195/ 60 R16 tyres.
Interior & Features :
Honda BR-V’s interiors are premium than the Mobilio. The entire dashboard is different, seems to be similar with the New Jazz. Similar to the Mobilio, it gets 7 seat configuration (2+3+2) with second row tumble fold for the entry in to the third row. Third row seats are expected to get the 50:50 split option. With high wheel base, BR-V provides high cabin space with good legroom for 2nd and 3rd row passengers. It has to seen whether the knee-up sitting position for 3rd row passengers in the Mobilio is also carried forward in the BR-V
BR-V gets the AC vents for the second row passengers. Apart from that, it also gets features like dual airbags, touchscreen infotainment, Automatic AC, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) etc.
Engine and Transmission:
Honda BR-V will carry forward the powertrain of the Mobilio. It will be powered by 1.5-litre i-VTEC and 1.5-litre i-DTEC engines. The petrol one generates 118 bhp @ 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm @ 4,600 pm. The diesel engine churns out 98.6 bhp of power and 200 Nm @ 1,750 rpm of torque. Apart from Manual Transmissions, CVT is also likely to be offered with the petrol engine.
Honda BR-V (BRV) Mileage in India:
Keeping in view of SUV driving characteristics, Honda may tune the engines for performance over mileage. So the mileage is expected to be lower over Mobilio.
Petrol : 18~19 kmpl
Diesel : 23~ 24 kmpl
Honda BR-V (BRV) Specifications and Features:
Length – 4,456 mm
Width – 1,735 mm
Height – 1,650mm
Wheelbase – 2,660 mm
Ground Clearance – 200 mm
Tyre Size – 195/60 R16
Engine details :
1.5-litre i-VTEC engine:
Power : 118 bhp @ 6,600 rpm
Torque : 145 Nm @ 4,600 rpm
1.5-litre i-DTEC engine:
Power : 98.6 bhp
Torque : 200 Nm @ 1,750 rpm
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Touchscreen infotainment system
Chrome door handles