In the ASEAN NCAP Quarter II 2016 results, the Honda BR-V Compact SUV has achieved a 5-star safety rating.
Honda’s new compact SUV, the Honda BR-V is expected to arrive in India this year. The car has already gone on sale in Thailand. Now the ASEAN NCAP have crash tested it, and awarded it with a 5-star safety rating.
In the Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), the BR-V scored 14.79 points. However, only the variants fitted with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Seatbelt Reminder System (SBR) for both frontal occupants have been awarded 5-stars. The variants without these systems only received 4-stars. For Child Occupant Protection (COP), the BR-V again received 4-stars by meeting 72% compliance of the test. The BR-V is the fifth Honda model to be tested by ASEAN NCAP.
ASEAN NCAP Chairman, Prof. Dr. Wong Shaw Voon commented that, “It is notable that a number of cars entering the ASEAN market are now equipped with more safety features. Honda BR-V is one of them. We at ASEAN NCAP hope our work has made significant impact to raise consumer awareness to demand safer cars for the ASEAN market.”
ASEAN NCAP Secretary-General, Mr. Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim said that Honda BR-V is the third SUV model under the Honda brand. The test of Honda BR-V means that Honda has crash tested all its SUV lines under ASEAN NCAP rating system. Khairil added that, “It should be noted that only BR-V’s higher variants are equipped with ESC and SBR for dual frontal occupants. Nevertheless, we are aiming for the lowest variant to be equipped with similar technologies in order for everyone to benefit these safety features.”
Honda had showcased the BR-V at the 2016 Auto Expo in greater Noida, marking its official unveil in India. The BR-V will be powered by a 1.5-litre iVtec petrol and an iDtec diesel engine with a similar displacement, found in the current generation of the Honda City. To cater to the growing automatic market, Honda may also introduce the BR-V with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Some specifications of the vehicle may differ for the Indian market when compared to the ones tested by ASEAN. The BR-V will be manufactured at the company’s plant in Tapukara, Rajasthan to compete with the Hyundai Creta and the S-Cross from Maruti Suzuki’s Nexa channel.
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