Honda, the Japanese carmaker entered the highly competitive SUV segment in May this year by launching BR-V. However, the car has been criticised for missing out on certain features but things seem to have taken a right step as the SUV now gets a touchscreen infotainment system. The SUV had a great start with over 10,000 bookings till July and still commands a healthy waiting period of 2-3 months.
Despite the healthy price tag, it had missed on a number of features and touchscreen was one of them. According to reports, the soft-roader now features a 6.2-inch touch system accompanied by navigation, DVD playback etc. Reverse parking camera is also being offered. Till now, it was available with a 2DIN audio system with Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in support.
After the recent price hike, the BR-V now starts at Rs. 8.88 lakh for the base petrol trim and goes up to Rs. 12.13 lakh for the top end petrol variant. The oil burner diesel costs at Rs. 9.99 lakh for entry level grade while the top spec diesel sets you back at Rs. 13.04 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom Delhi.
The seven seater BR-V comes with a 1.5l i-DTEC diesel and a 1.5l i-VTEC petrol. The oil burner develops 98bhp power and 200Nm of torque, available with a 6-speed manual transmission only. The BR-V petrol is capable of 117bhp and 145Nm of torque, linked to a six-speed manual gearbox. Petrol also gets a CVT automatic with first on segment paddle shifters. In terms of mileage, diesel returns an ARAI rated mileage of 21.9 Kmpl while petrol is good for 15.4 Kmpl (MT) and 16 Kmpl (AT).
The top variant is loaded with automatic climate control with rear AC vents, leather wrapped steering wheel, 3D multi-information display, 60:40 rear seat split for 2nd row with recline function, push start button, drive side height adjustment, heat absorbing windscreen, drive seat adjustability, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability control, reverse sensors with display etc. Dual front airbags are standard across the range. From January 2017, Honda cars India will be increasing prices across its range by to 3 percent.
|Comparison of Honda BR-V|
|Comparison of Honda BR-V variants|