In a press conference today, Honda has launched the BR-V at a starting price tag of Rs 8.75 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi), marking their entry in the lucrative compact SUV territory. Targeting the Creta and the Duster, the BR-V aims to go one up with its three row seating arrangement. However, we are still sceptical of the price range.
The exteriors try to put up a bold image with sharp styling cues. The projector head lamps, LED position lamps and wide stance try to bring in sportiness while the silver skid plates and diamond cut alloy wheels denote toughness. The rear gets an interesting looking connected tail lights. However, the overall family resemblance is hard to miss; in fact, BR-V could have been promoted as a spruced up Mobilio.
Speaking of interiors the car gets an all-black theme, steering mounted audio controls, 2 DIN music system with Bluetooth, automatic air con and leather seats (depending on the variant). Interestingly the car does NOT come with a touchscreen display or a reverse parking sensor. The latter though is available as an accessory with LED display on IRVM (no camera though).
In terms of powertrain, BR-V gets two engine options:
- A 1.5 litre four cylinder i-VTEC petrol which churns out 119 PS of power at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of peak torque at 4,600 rpm. Transmission duties include a new 6 speed manual unit returning 15.4 kmpl and a CVT churning out 16 kmpl of fuel efficiency.
- The diesel option is the 4 pot 1.5 litre i-DTEC mill from the Earth Dreams family. Mated to a 6 speed unit it churns out 100 PS of maximum power at 3,600 rpm and 200 Nm of peak torque at 1,750 rpm. It returns a fuel efficiency of 21.9 kmpl.
Safety features include dual front airbags as standard in all variants. ABS with EBD is present in all diesel trims but the petrol misses it out in the base variant. The CVT version gets of paddle shifters. Rear AC vents are absent in the base variant but all trims get an engine start-stop button and keyless entry.
The BR-V measures 4,456 mm in length, 1,735 mm in width and 1,666 mm in terms of overall height. The ground clearance is a handsome, best in class 210 mm while the boot space is a mere 223 litre unit. The latter can be extended to 691 litre by folding the 3rd row seats.
It gets three years unlimited km warranty as standard and additional 2 years as an option. Colour options include:
- Orchid White Pearl
- Urban Titanium Metallic
- Taffeta White
- Golden Brown Metallic
- Alabaster Silver Metallic
- Carnelian Red Pearl
And here finally is the ambitious price list by Honda (all ex-showroom, Delhi):