Honda has taken the wraps off the much-awaited compact SUV, the BR-V prototype, at the ongoing 2015 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS).
The prototype combines the SUV attributes such as road presence, handling and great utility, along with the spacious cabin of an MPV. In flesh, the BR-V prototype has been honest with the previously-released sketch image.The design of the face is exactly the same as seen in the sketch image and is dominated by the thick single chrome slat. We have seen this kind of grill in Honda City.
The prominent grill is flanked by the projector headlamps. 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 throws light on the off-road pedigree of the vehicle. Honda has confirmed high ground clearance for the vehicle and a set of 16-inch wheels.
The BR-V features chrome door handles and a relatively thick roof rails. The LED connected tail light design in 'C' shape. Overall, the BR-V has an athletic design.
Honda claims 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 feature in the interior.
BR-V is powered by a four cylinder, 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine that develops 120bhp at 6600rpm and 145Nm at 4600rpm. This is the same engine that also does duty in the Honda City. The engine will be mated with a new 6-speed manual transmission while a CVT automatic transmission is also on offer. When the car makes it to India, a diesel engine option can also be expected.
On the safety front, the vehicle will feature dual and front SRS airbag, anti-lock braking system (ABS) and electronic brake distribution (EBD), vehicle stability assist (VSA) and hill start assist (HSA).
The BR-V is slated for a launch in Indonesia in 2016 and the India launch is expected at the 2016 Auto Expo in New Delhi.