Honda BR-V

Honda Cars India has commenced campaigning for its upcoming BR-V SUV on its social media platforms. This explains the rumours that claim the Japanese manufacturer is planning to launch the SUV in May. The campaign, named "Where next with BR-V," seems to be a display road trip and the first destination is Delhi.

Unveiled in India at Auto Expo 2016 in the beginning of February, the BR-V will be pitted against Renault Duster, Hyundai Creta and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza in the price bracket of Rs. 6-13 lakh. Honda claims the seven-seater three row vehicle has a class-leading spacious and comfortable cabin with additional knee room and head room.

The new Honda SUV comes with thick single chrome slat grille, which is now the signature design of Honda cars. The prominent grille is flanked by projector headlamps with LED strip light. The fog lamps have got chrome housing. The BR-V also features roof rails, and electrically folding ORVM with turn indicators. A multi-information display between the first and the second-row seats will be showcased in the interiors.

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, mated to a six-speed manual transmission. A new continuously variable transmission (CVT) is also available. The demand for diesel-powered vehicles in India is said to have prompted Honda to launch a diesel-powered model here. This engine is likely to be the 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine, which is employed in most diesel cars offered by Honda in India.

The compact SUV will flaunt features such as dual SRS airbag, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) and Hill Start Assist (HAS).