Honda's answer to the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster finally hits showroom floors today. The BR-V, is Honda's first compact SUV for the Indian market and is a departure from their core strength viz. compact hatchbacks and family saloons. In case you want to know how the newest Honda on the block runs and drives, do check the BR-V review.
The BR-V's design follows an interesting 'MPV meets SUV' theme. While the side and the rear profile scream mini-van; the aggressive front fascia, all-round cladding and 16-inch wheels suggest otherwise. We really like elements such as the large projector headlamps with LED light guides, the chunky chrome grille and the connected tail lamps. While the Honda is amongst the longest cars in its class, it is amongst the narrowest as well. As a result, the BR-V doesn't have the butch stance one associates with SUVs.
The interiors are a familiar place if you have been inside the updated Amaze. The cabin is predominantly black, with a few dull silver accents thrown in to liven up space a bit. The top-spec version gets plenty of goodies, such as leather upholstery for the seats and the steering wheel, keyless entry, push-button start and rear air-conditioning. Core USP of course, is that the BR-V is a seven-seater unlike any of its rivals. Boot space is generous as well, rated at 223-litres with all three rows in place and 691-litres with the last row tucked away.
Talking of engine options, the BR-V gets a heart transplant from the Honda City. The 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine produces 119PS of power. Transmission options include a new six-speed manual or a CVT automatic with paddle shifters. The diesel engine on offer is the 100PS i-DTEC, mated to a six-speed manual. Unlike the Creta and the Duster, there's no diesel automatic variant in the BR-V's line-up.
Here's a whole bunch of pictures of the BR-V for you to sift through. What do you think of it? Is it more than a Mobilio that went to the gym? Let us know in the comments section below!
Source : CarDekho