Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), leading manufacturer of premium cars in India, today introduced its new model Honda BR-V. The BR-V (Bold Runabout Vehicle) boasts a Bold and Sporty Stance, Best in Class Ground Clearance, Powerful Performance, Excellent Mileage and Highly Versatile Premium Interior with 3-row configuration.
The BR-V is available in both Diesel and Petrol fuel options in India. The petrol variant is equipped with Honda’s extremely popular 16-Valve, 4-Cylinder 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with new and exclusively developed 6-speed Manual Transmission and first-in-class Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The diesel variant is equipped with the 1.5 L i-DTEC diesel engine from Earth Dreams Technology series in 6 speed Manual Transmission.
In yet another segment first, the unique “Paddle Shift” option in the CVT variant provides the convenience of an automatic with enhanced driving pleasure of a manual and can be operated using the Sports Car inspired paddle switches located just behind the steering spoke.
In line with HCIL’s Safety Direction in India, the BR-V comes equipped with Dual SRS Air Bags as Standard offering across variants, along with host of other active and passive safety features.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, President & CEO, Honda Cars India Limited said, “India is a key market for Honda and as part of our business expansion, we are focusing on increasing our customer base with new model introductions. The launch of BR-V marks Honda’s entry into the popular compact SUV segment. Customers can experience the outstanding appearance of an SUV and benefit from the versatility and comfort of its spacious 3 row interiors. We are confident that BR-V will strongly appeal to the customers and accelerate our growth while strengthening our brand presence in the country.”
The BR-V has been developed at Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. located in Bangkok, Thailand. The car has been designed basis results obtained from extensive market surveys in India and other Asian markets for people’s needs of an SUV with additional value.
The BR-V 1.5L i-VTEC Petrol Engine delivers maximum power of 119 PS@ 6,600 rpm, maximum torque of 145 Nm @4,600 rpm and best in class economy of 15.4 km/l in MT version and 16 km/l in CVT version respectively. The Diesel 1.5L i-DTEC engine on the BR-V delivers maximum power of 100PS@3600rpm and maximum torque of 200Nm@1750 rpm and excellent fuel economy of 21.9km/l.