Honda Car India is set to enter burgeoning compact SUV space in the country with its offering BR-V. The SUV comes with the USP of being the first seven seater in its class and the Japanese company will launch the vehicle in India on May 5. The company launched BR-V in some of the South East Asian countries previous months in petrol engine only. Latest report clarifies Indian model's specification and the BR-V in India will debut with diesel engine.
Honda BR-V in India will be sold 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engines, both mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The petrol unit will be available in CVT transmission as well. The former will produce 117bhp and 145Nm, while the latter will develop 99bhp and 200Nm of torque.
Honda BR-V petrol in manual transmission comes with claimed fuel efficiency of 15.4kmpl, while the CVT unit will deliver 16kmpl. The diesel powered unit will deliver an impressive 21.9.kmpl.
Dimension and weight
The BR-V measures 4,453mm in length, 1,735mm in width, and 1,666mm in height, and comes with a wheelbase of 2,662mm. True to its SUV badge, the vehicle features 210mm ground clearance and kerb weight ranges from 1199kg to 1306kg depending upon the variant. The SUV has 42-litres of fuel tank capacity and 223-litres of boot capacity. When third row of seat is down, the boot capacity increases to 691-litres.
Suspension and brakes
Honda BR-V comes with McPherson Strut coil spring up front, while the rear gets Torsion beam suspension. Braking duties are taken care by disc brakes on front tyres and drums at the rear.
The BR-V will be loaded with features such as dual airbags, ABS , automatic climate control, steering-mounted audio buttons, electrically foldable outside rear-view mirrors, LED light guides and 16-inch alloy wheels.