The mechanical duties will be carried out by a 1.5-litre diesel and a 1.5-litre petrol mill, also deployed in the City and will generate 100PS and 119PS respectively. While the petrol trims will offer manual as well as automatic (CVT) gearbox, the diesel engine will only be paired to the manual transmission (MT). We had anticipated the MT to be a five-speed, borrowed from the City/Mobilio, but Honda has announced it to be a six-speed one. We expect this six-speed MT to find its way into other future Hondas soon.
The cars based on the Brio platform have been a good fit for this market due to the versatility and affordability of the platform and the fact that the 1.5-litre diesel engine was available. It has spawned three models already – a hatch, a sedan and a compact family van. It is time now for the fourth model – a compact sport utility vehicle – which will then enable Honda to plug another empty slot in its portfolio.
With the Creta, Duster, EcoSport raking in all the moolahs in the segment, Honda will be pinning all its hopes on the BR-V, as the new compact SUV will try to stir up the hornet’s nest by going against the Creta in the market.
The Honda BR-V, a first seven-seater SUV in its league, will take on rivals such as Renault Duster, Hyundai Creta and Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. Honda BR-V gets length of 4453mm which is the longest in its league and it also gets a ground clearance of 210mm adequate enough to deal with typical Indian terrains.