Honda had pulled the wraps off the BR-V prototype at the 2015 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show in August. The MPV has received positive response from the show and that has cemented the Japanese manufacturer's plans to launch the MPV in international market.
In all probability, the BR-V is expected to be unveiled in India at the 2016 Auto Expo. The launch is expected in the month of April and the MPV will once again be on display for the 44th Tokyo Motor Show scheduled to begin on 29 October. The technical specification of the MPV is also out ahead of the show.
BR-V is powered by a four-cylinder, 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that develops 120bhp at 6,600rpm and 145Nm at 4600rpm. This is the same engine that also does duty in the Honda City. The engine will be mated to a new 6-speed manual transmission and a CVT automatic transmission is also on offer. When the car makes it to India, a diesel engine option can also be expected. This engine is likely to be the 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine, which is employed in most of the diesel cars offered by Honda in India.
The BR-V measures 4,455mm in length, 1,735 mm in width and and 1,650 mm in height with a 2660 mm long wheelbase. The vehicle also boasts of segment-leading 200mm of ground clearance. The dimensions make it clear that the MPV is ahead of its rivals.
Even though the BR-V is based on the same platform as the Brio, Amaze and the Mobilio, the MPV has a distinct character in terms of exterior. The BR-V comes with signature thick single chrome slat grille, which is now signature design bit of Honda cars. The prominent grill is flanked by projector headlamps and the fog lamps have got chrome housing. The wide air dam is covered with honeycomb finish. A skid plate at the bottom of the front bumper and side cladding accentuates the off-road appeal of the vehicle.
Honda claims a class-leading, spacious and comfortable cabin with additional knee room and head room. A multi-information display and air conditioner between the first and second row seats will be featured in the interior. The steering wheel will be identical to the other Brio family offerings like Amaze and Mobilio, while the dashboard design is expected to make for a Jazz inspired one.