The Tokyo Motor Show is a place to flex muscles for the Japanese companies and Honda showed production-ready vehicles. The main attraction at Honda pavillion was the FCV that runs on hydrogen. The second car that grabbed attention was the BR-V since it is the one coming to India.
On the exterior, the car looks just like any other car. But the difference lies under the hood. The FCV stands for Fuel Cell Vehicle and uses hydrogen to power the vehicle. The company is almost ready with the production version and the car will be seen on Japanese streets by May 2016, followed by the USA and then Europe. The car can go 700 kilometers on single charge and can be recharged within three minutes to full. The current technology costs less than one tenth of the technology used on FCX Clarity.
The BR-V, based on Brio platform is a crossover capable of seating 7 people and with competition starting to heat up, Honda wants to bring the car to India as soon as possible.
The BRV will be built on the same Brio platform on which the Mobilio and Amaze were born and its chassis will be long enough to accommodate three rows of seats. With its big tires and wheel arches, the BRV looks almost double the size of Brio in appearance. The 1.5-litre displacement petrol engine will produce around 120PS while the 1.5-litre diesel mill will churn out around 100PS.
On the interior, the car will get the features on the lines of Honda Mobilio and more premium, justifying the price tag that it is set to come with. The BR-V will cost about 10-12 lakh ex-showroom when launched.
The Honda BR-V is expected to go on sale in India in the second quarter of 2016.