It has been raining compact SUVs for a while and every other
manufacturer has been keeping a keen eye on the performance of this segment.
Honda has been renowned for their technical prowess and now has finally decided
to enter the fray with their BR-V. The company plans to launch the BR-V on May
5, 2016 while bookings for the car have already been opened.
The Honda BR-V will come with the options of a petrol 1.5L i-VTEC
and a diesel 1.5L i-DTEC engine. The 1.5L diesel mill will produce 98.6bhp and
200Nm of torque while the 1.5L petrol motor will churn out 117.3bhp and 145Nm
of torque. The BR-V will also get the options of a 5-Speed & 6-Speed manual
transmission as well as a CVT transmission. One can expect the BR-V to have a
top speed of approximately 150kmph and with a 0-100kmph time of around 12-14seconds.
The term SUV these days is being used quite a bit but Honda's BR-V
does manage to fit well into this category. The BR-V will come with three
seating rows like the Honda Mobilio with a total seating capacity of 7 people.
From initial inspections we can make out that the BR-V does provide a decent
amount of space for the third row occupants as well, making it an important
deciding factor when it comes to buying compact SUVs. The only other two
vehicles to offer a 7 seating option in this segment are the TUV 3oo and the
NuvoSport, both of which are made by Mahindra.
The Interiors of the car are quite contemporary and one can expect a
good amount of kit in this vehicle. The BR-V may come with a touch screen
Navigation system, apart from automatic climate control, electrically foldable
& adjustable ORVMs, rear ac vents, dual airbags for the front passengers,
parking sensors and camera, ABS and push button start/stop function with a
keyless entry system. The BR-V will also get a 60:40 split for the second row
and a 50:50 split for the third row seats.
The new Honda BR-V will be 4456mm long, 1735mm wide and 1666mm tall
with a ground clearance of 201mm. When compared to the Hyundai Creta the BR-V
is longer and taller but not as wide. This will cater for a roomier cabin and
the large second row window design which seems to have been borrowed from the
Mobilio will provide an airy feeling for occupants of all rows. The BR-V sits
on a McPherson Strut in the front and a torsion beam in the rear and in all
probability will be a comfy ride found on the likes of all other Honda
So coming down to the basic numbers Honda's BR-V surely offers a bit
more to consumers with added space and a better seating capacity. The engine however
will not be as powerful as Hyundai's 1.6L diesel or petrol options, hence if
Honda decides to bring in their 1.8L i-VTEC from the HR-V it may give Hyundai a
real run for its money. On the features front the BR-V may lack a few kicks and
punches but ticks all the right boxes. One can also expect the BR-V to have a
better fuel efficiency than the Creta. So it all boils down to price, we feel
the Creta is definitely worth the money being charged for it but if Honda is
able to put together a better price for this package one can expect good sales
figures from the company.
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