BR-V launch date and fuel efficiency figures revealed…

The much awaited compact SUV from Honda, the BR-V is finally heading our way. The company has confirmed that the crossover SUV will be launched on May 5, 2016 and has revealed its technical specifications. Rivaling established names like the Creta, Duster and S-Cross, BR-V will have a tall ladder to climb.

Powering the Brio-based crossover will be the same 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel engines. So, what is it that we know about the car – here are 5 quick bits….

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  • New Gearbox: The 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol driven mill will be mated to a new 6 speed manual gearbox, something which is not present even in the City. The ARAI fuel efficiency rating for this variant is 15.4 kmpl. A CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) gearbox will also be available with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel, returning a rated fuel efficiency of 16 kmpl. The output is pegged at 119 PS of power and 145 Nm of torque.
  • The 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel powered engine comes coupled with a 6 speed manual unit and not the 5 cog unit seen in the Mobilio. The BR-V diesel returns a certified fuel efficiency of 21.9 kmpl. Output figures are the same 100 PS of maximum power and 200 Nm of peak torque.
  • Unlike the Creta and the Duster, BR-V will have a seating capacity of 7 people. This will certainly give the Honda a slight edge and its promotion may revolve around the same.
  • Folding up the third row of seats gives a massive 691 litre storage space while the ground clearance too is a class leading 210 mm. The overall length of BR-V is 4,453 mm which makes it the longest compact SUV in its class (the Duster and Creta measure 4,315 mm and 4,270 mm respectively).
  • Safety features will include dual airbags as standard in all variants while ABS will be present in all diesel trims. Petrol versions, however, will get ABS only from the mid variant!

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Post the Mobilio debacle (which I feel is primarily because of its over-ambitious price tag), BR-V can be expected to be priced pretty competitively. We expect Honda to launch it at starting prices of somewhere around 8.5-9 lakhs with the top variant spanning across till 13 odd lakhs depending upon the equipment it will carry.


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