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

Honda Cars India launched its highly-anticipated BR-V SUV in the country on May 5 with a price range starting at Rs. 8.75 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The initials in BR-V, Honda's first compact SUV in India, stand for Bold Runabout Vehicle.

Offered in both petrol and diesel engine options, the BR-V is available in 4 grades — E, S, V and VX with manual transmission. 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.

"India is a key market for Honda and as part of our business expansion; we are focusing on increasing our customer base with new model introductions. The launch of BR-V marks Honda's entry into the popular compact SUV segment. Customers can experience the outstanding appearance of an SUV and benefit from the versatility and comfort of its spacious 3 row interiors. We are confident that BR-V will strongly appeal to the customers and accelerate our growth while strengthening our brand presence in the country," said Yoichiro Ueno, the President & CEO, Honda Cars India Limited.

The BR-V is 4456mm long, 1735mm wide, 1666mm tall and comes with a wheelbase of 2662mm. It flaunts projector headlamps with LED, silver finish roof rails and new tail light design with LED light guide at the rear. It rides on 16-inch alloy wheels.

Inside the cabin, the SUV gets an all-black colour theme interior with a 3-row cabin. The silver accents and piano-black finish on the instrument panel further enhance the interiors. It features a 3D speedometer with multi-information display, leather seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and gear knob. The seat in the second row features a 60:40 split with slide and recline options while the seat in the third row is a 50:50 spilt folding type which can be reclined further. Other features include push button start with smart entry, integrated Bluetooth audio system, steering-mounted audio controls, automatic AC and power foldable ORVMs.

The BR-V is available in six exterior colours — carnelian red pearl, white orchid pearl, alabaster silver metallic, golden brown metallic, urban titanium metallic, alabaster silver metallic and taffeta white. The BR-V SUV is open for bookings in India.

Honda BR-V price list (ex-showroom Delhi)

Petrol  Diesel
Variants Price (Rs.) Variants Price (Rs.)
E 8.75 E 9.9
S 9.90 S 10.99
V 10.90 V 11.85
 VX 11.84 VX 12.9
V CVT 11.99 -- --

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