Honda has showcased the upcoming BR-V in a new shade of Urban Titanium (Modern Steel, metallic) at the site of their new Engine test Bench facility located at their West Java factory. The prototype version was recently unveiled at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show. The Crossover Utility Vehicle aims to combine the SUV like appearance with the spaciousness of MPVs.
Expected to come to India sometime next year, the Honda BR-V will be based in the same platform as that of the Brio, Amaze and the Mobilio. Production in Indonesia will begin in January 2016 and the compact SUV/crossover will be priced between 230 million Indonesian Rupiah (Rs 10.54 lakhs) and 265 million Indonesian Rupiah (Rs 12.14 lakhs).
The 7 seater BR-V is going to be powered by the familiar 1.5 litre i-VTEC producing 120 PS of power and 245 Nm of torque. This will be mated with a new 6 speed manual transmission or the usual CVT gearbox seen on Hondas. In addition, the Indian version is also expected to get the 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel engine which produces 100 PS of power and 200 Nm of torque.
The BR-V for Honda India will be the answer to the rising demand for compact SUVs in the country and will fight against the Duster, Creta and S-Cross.