This would come as good news to those looking forward to the Honda BR-V. Ahead of its India launch later this year, the BR-V has been put through a series of crash tests by ASEAN NCAP in Japan. Known for its stringent testing procedure, the safety programme has just awarded a 5-star safety rating to the BR-V.
The BR-V was crash tested on a number of safety parameters including front and side impact besides various safety assistance systems. In the frontal offset impact and side impact test, the BR-V managed a 5-star rating. Interestingly, cars without the electronic stability assist and seatbelt reminder for both front occupants were rated 4 stars while those fitted with these safety techs were awarded a 5-star rating.
Launched in Thailand in January 2016, the BR-V is headed for the Indian market. It’s reportedly scheduled for launch by the end of May. The BR-V is a Mobilio-based seven-seater compact SUV that combines the utility of an SUV with the practical interiors of an MPV.
The BR-V will use the same set of drivetrain options that currently power the City and the Mobilio. Honda, in fact, will offer a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine with the BR-V. The diesel motor will be paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox, although what’s new for the BR-V is the availability of a 6-speed manual for the petrol-powered versions. When launched, it will compete with hot selling models like the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster.