It seems Honda India has received a good response for the BR-V crossover since its launch last month. Launched on May 5, the BR-V has garnered 10,000 bookings up until now, with equal buyer preference in petrol and diesel variants.
We first caught a glimpse of the new BR-V earlier this year at the Auto Expo. Honda then officially launched it with ex-showroom prices ranging between Rs 8.75 lakh and Rs 12.9 lakh, depending on the trim. Despite being based on the Mobilio MPV, the BR-V is a different vehicle altogether. It features a longer wheelbase, wider front and rear track and a higher ground clearance. In keeping with its SUV positioning in the market, Honda has added rugged looking bits like the chunky roof rails and the plastic body cladding for better road presence.
The BR-V is available in both petrol and diesel options. The petrol-powered car gets the 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine that makes 118bhp of power and 145Nm of torque while the diesel houses a 100bhp/200Nm 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder diesel unit. Both these engines already power a range of Honda models including the City, the Mobilio and the Jazz.
A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard on all cars. Additionally, Honda is offering a CVT for the petrol powered BR-V. The latter also comes with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel for better control over the gearbox. The petrol BR-V has a company claimed fuel efficiency of 15.4kmpl for the manual version and 16kmpl for the CVT version. The diesel model fares much better, at 21.9kmpl.