The compact SUV segment in India is already quite a crowded field and things are only about to intensify all the more when Honda India launches the BR-V. Shown at the Auto Expo last month, the BR-V is reportedly scheduled for launch in India 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. When launched, it will compete with hot selling models like the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster. Although it’s loosely based on the Mobilio, the BR-V has a longer wheelbase, wider front and rear track. The latter also sits higher off the ground compared to the Mobilio. Inside, the layered dash looks more upmarket and is easily more appealing than that of the Mobilio.
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.
Honda India is expected to come up with competitive prices for the BR-V when the vehicle arrives in India later this year. Besides this, the brand will also launch the Mobilio facelift soon.