The compact SUV craze is going strong in India and with the launch of Hyundai’s Creta and Maruti Suzuki’s upcoming YBA, this segment is going to get much more competitive in days to come. Another Japanese automaker, Honda is also working on bringing its own compact SUV in India. the company already showcased its compact SUV offering earlier in the Indonesian market at the Indonesia International Motor Show in Jakarta. PT Honda Prospect Motor (HPM), had a BR-V on display during the inauguration of its first engine test bench facility which offered us a good view of what is headed towards India. by the looks of it, it is quite evident that Honda has completely focused on the Asian continent during the development of this crossover.
The BR-V will be sharing the same flexible platform which underpins the current Honda cars in the country – Brio, Amaze and Mobilio and is styled on Honda’s new “Xciting H Design” design philosophy. It measures 4455mm in length, 1735mm in width and 1650mm in height with a wheelbase spanning 2660mm. It will be powered by a 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engine and a 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel motor. For the Indian spec BR-V, Honda could likely drop the petrol mill and instead offer the diesel powertrain only. The 1.5 litre diesel engine, the same unit which does duty on the Amaze, City and the Mobilio churns out 98.6 bhp of power@ 3600 rpm and a healthy torque output of 200 Nm @ 1750 rpm. it will be mated to a 6 speed gearbox sending power to the front wheels. As seen with the Amaze and the City, Honda will be tuning the 1.5 litre engine in the BR-V too to get a good mix of performance, mileage and efficiency.
Feature list on the Honda BR-V include a heavy chrome finished grille, LED tail lamps, body cladding, 16 inch alloy wheels in the top spec, a multi functional display unit on the dashboard and rear AC vents for second and third row passenger seats. Safety features include dual front SRS airbags, ABS braking with EBD, Vehicle Stability Assist and Hill Start Assist.