Honda's first ever mid-size crossover for the Indian market, the BR-V, will be launched on May 5, 2016. Bookings now open at the company's authorized dealerships across India.
Honda Cars India’s maiden attempt into the midsize crossover segment, the BR-V, will be launched on May 5, 2016. After previewing the new BR-V at the 2016 Auto Expo earlier in February, Honda has commenced taking pre-orders for the BR-V. When launched, the BR-V will lock horns with the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Maruti Suzuki S-Cross, Renault Duster, etc.
The BR-V is based around the same architecture as the Brio, Amaze and Mobilio. Which is also reflected in the way it looks – the side-profile is remarkably identical to the Mobilio. The front end, however, has a hint of bigger brother CR-V, which imparts a butch look to the crossover. Inside, the new Honda will feature a cabin layout similar to that offered in the recently launched Amaze facelift.
At the time of the BR-V’s unveil in India, Honda categorically said that this crossover has been developed exclusively for Asian markets, keeping in the mind the customer requirements. As a result, the BR-V will score high on the practicality front with a seven-seat layout – a huge advantage over its rivals.
Engine options on the India-spec BR-V will include the company’s current line-up of 1.5-litre diesel and petrol engines. Like the City, the BR-V will come with a 6-speed manual as well as an automatic (CVT) transmission. More details like power output, fuel efficiency etc., will be revealed in the run up to the launch.
Production of the Honda BR-V has commenced at the company’s manufacturing unit at Tapukara, Rajastjan. Given the unparalleled demand for high-riding vehicles across different segments, the BR-V is likely to hit the right note with customers here. The BR-V is already on sale in Thailand, and has recently been awarded a 5-star safety rating by ASEAN NCAP.