Honda BR-V

Honda Cars India's (HCIL) latest SUV, the BR-V, has received over 11,000 bookings within two months of its launch. The Japanese carmaker also sold 3,064 units of the SUV last month. Riding on the BR-V and the City sedan, Honda sold 11,407 vehicles in June in the domestic market.

Honda had sold 2,344 units of the BR-V in the launch month, May. The BR-V sales (combined both months) stands at 5,048 units. According to reports, the SUV currently commands a waiting period of over two months depending on the city.

"Our new model BR-V has received good acceptance in the market with over 11,000 cumulative bookings. We also recently achieved cumulative sales milestone of 200,000 units for Honda Amaze," said Yoichiro Ueno, President and CEO of HCIL, in a statement.

The BR-V, which is the acronym of Bold Runabout Vehicle, is the only compact SUV at present in India that offers three rows of seats at present. Priced in the range of Rs. 8.75 lakh to Rs. 12.9 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the SUV is sold in both petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine develops 118bhp at 6,600rpm and 145Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm mated to six-speed manual or CVT transmission. The 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel unit, which is employed in most of the Honda diesel cars in India, develops 100bhp at 3,600rpm and 200Nm torque at 1750rpm in BR-V. The diesel mill is mated to six-speed manual transmission.

The BR-V is available in 4 grades — E, S, V and VX. All the variants are equipped with dual SRS air bags as standard. As for fuel efficiency, the petrol version is claimed to return 15.4 kmpl in manual transmission and 16 kmpl in CVT, while the diesel offering will deliver 21.9kmpl.