Honda Cars India launches first compact SUV BR-V
Honda Cars India launches first compact SUV BR-V. Pictured: Honda

The Japanese carmaker, Honda, launched its SUV, the BR-V, in India in May and the latest reports say that the SUV has garnered over 10,000 bookings in less than two months.

Honda said that the company's new SUV has managed to get a good response from the auto lovers of the country and both the petrol and diesel models of the BR-V are being equally preferred by the customers.

"The recently launched Honda BR-V has received a good consumer response with over 10,000 bookings since launch. BR-V has amassed strong interest from both young and middle aged customers. We are confident that it will attract more customers with its strong desirable values," said Yoichiro Ueno, president and CEO of Honda Cars India.

Honda Cars India launched BR-V SUV in the country on May 5. Priced starting at Rs. 8.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the BR-V is available in 4 grades — E, S, V and VX. Under the hood, the SUV carries 1.5L i-VTEC petrol and 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engines. While the former delivers maximum power of 118bhp at 6,600rpm and maximum torque of 145Nm at 4,600 rpm, the latter can churn out 100bhp at 3600rpm and maximum torque of 200Nm at 1750rpm. As for fuel efficiency, the petrol version is expected to return 15.4 kmpl in manual transmission and 16 kmpl in CVT, while the diesel offering is expected to deliver 21.9kmpl.

The BR-V is 4456mm long, 1735mm wide, 1666mm tall and comes with a wheelbase of 2662mm. As for features, Honda's seven-seater compact SUV comes packed with 3D speedometer with multi-information display, leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, projector headlamps with LED, silver finish roof rails, push button start with smart entry, integrated Bluetooth audio system, steering-mounted audio controls, automatic AC and power foldable ORVMs. The BR-V comes equipped with dual SRS air bags as standard offering across variants.

The BR-V is pitted against the Hyundai Creta in India.

[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]