Honda has unveiled the India-bound Honda BR-V for Thai and the Indonesian market at the Thailand Motor Show
Honda has recently unveiled the Mobilio and marked it entry into MPV segment in the Indian market. The second MPV to follow is Honda BR-V. The 7-seater from Honda is based on the Brio platform which also inspires the Mobilio and the new Jazz. But, the Honda BR-V has managed to mark the differentiation between both the siblings. The India-bound BR-V was showcased at the Thailand Motor Show today.
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The new MPV will first be offered to Thai and Indonesian market. The Honda BR-V will make its Indian debut at the Auto Expo 2016 to be conducted in February. The new 7-seater has a very bold front fascia with a thick chrome bar connecting both the projector headlamps. Logo of the Japanese automaker sits in the middle of the chrome bar. It also has foglamps surrounded by a chrome ring. This extensive use of chrome gives a very upmarket character to the MPV.
Both the sides of the Honda BR-V are identical to that of the Mobilio with huge front and rear windows for better road presence. The tail lamps at the rear are connected to each other. The headlamps as well as the tail lamps does not look like borrowed from any other car. This gives a very fresh look to the MPV. The rear windshield also has a wiper. The room for license plate is porperly allotted.
Honda has taken a vice decision to not borrow the interior from Mobilio/Amaze rather equip the new BR-V with interior inspired from the new Jazz and the current City. The safety features will include SRS Airbags, ABS+EBD, Hill Start Assist and Vehicle Stability Program.
The new Honda BR-V will be powered by a 1.5-liter, SOHC, 4-cylinder, i-VTEC petrol engine that produces 117 HP of peak power at 6,000 RPM and 146 NM of peak torque at 4,700 RPM. The MPV will also be offered with a 1.5-liter, i-DTEC diesel engine that is good to produce 100 HP of peak power and 200 NM of peak torque. These motors will be mated on a 6-speed manual transmission or an AMT unit. The MPV is expected to deliver a mileage of 25 kmpl.
The MPV will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta, Mahindra TUV300 and other in the segment. We can expect the Honda BR-V to ask for a starting price of INR 7 lakhs.