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2016 Honda BR-V

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Honda BR-V

Honda’s attempt at the Crossover market. Is it a potential segment leader? Lets find out!

When Honda India unveiled their budget crossover, the BR-V, at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, it marked the Japanese automaker’s entry into a segment that has been facing competition from a various spectrum of brands. But with Honda’s reliability and refinement, and the famous Crossover architecture, can the BR-V open the doors of Honda’s success in this segment? Well, we try to answer just that!

Compact SUVs and crossovers are a very popular trend in the Indian market and thus, this segment has become one of the most lucrative market spaces. In recent past we have seen almost every other auto maker launching their models in the segment, with each one of them getting positive response from the market. The Indian crossover market was fueled with the launch of the Renault Duster in India, which provided a tasteful combination of car like ride and SUV like presence. Then, a few years later, Hyundai launched the Creta, which was instantly deemed a big hit. The Japanese auto makers like Mitsubishi and Toyota are all set to bring their own models in the near future. But there is one more Japanese auto giant, which was highly awaited to join the Crossover party.

Honda has been in the Indian market for quite a long time, but they didn’t actually try their hands in the compact SUV or Crossover segment. The Honda CR-V, though a crossover, has never been a popular model among Indian customers, especially due to the fact that Honda never gave it a diesel mill, and it was priced exorbitantly.

As the scenario has changed in the last couple of years, Honda is trying to grab a larger share of the Indian automobile market. At the recent 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, we saw the Japanese auto maker unveil their highly anticipated budget crossover, the Honda BR-V, which has been launched already in several countries in South East Asia. Honda has managed to rope in exceptional sales from the BR-V in neighboring ASEAN countries, and the Japanese giant is expecting to carry forward this success in India as well.

But before the official Honda BRV launch date in India, we put it to a detailed test to find out whether the new Honda Crossover is capable of stirring up the existing market player.

Update 5.05.2016: Honda BR-V launched in India. We have updated the review with new information and images.

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Honda India Releases First TVC for BR-V: Video

Honda India Releases First TVC for BR-V: Video

Honda BR-V has been launched in Indian market at INR. 8.75 lakh

Honda Car India has launched its latest compact SUV BR-V on 5th May. The new compact SUV looks a bit like the Honda Mobilio MPV. The car is based on the same platform, which houses the Honda Mobilio, Honda Brio. Competing the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster the new Honda BR-V looks stylish. One might think it as a blend between the SUV and MPV, thanks to its elongated design. Recently Honda Car India has released the first TVC for the new compact SUV, which shows the stylish car’s capabilities.

The Honda BR-V comes with a front fascia, which pretty much similar to the Honda Mobilio. It gets sharp wrap around headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights. The front grille is highlighted with a H shaped thick chrome bar. The lower front fascia comes muscular with large air intake, chrome embellished fog lamps. The side profile gets sharp alloy wheels, side body cladding, sporty roof rails, blackened glass area, sharp creases running through the doors. The rear sports roof spoiler, swept back taillights, chrome bar above the registration enclosure, skid plate at the bottom.

Inside the cabin, the car sports multifunction steering wheel, three analog dial consisting instrument cluster, stylish centre console with a 6.1 inch touchscreen infotainment system. Being a blend between the SUV and MPV the Honda BR-V offers plenty of space for the occupants.

Based on the Honda Mobilio platform this new car comes with both the petrol and diesel options under the hood. The petrol engine is a 1.5 litre 4 cylinder i-VTEC engine gets paired with a 6 speed manual gearbox and a CVT as option. The petrol engine churns out 119 PS of peak power at 6600 rpm and 145 Nm of peak torque at 4600 rpm. This engine delivers 15.4 kmpl and 16 kmpl of fuel economy for the manual and the CVT variant respectively. On the other hand the diesel variant of the car gets a 1.5 litre i-DTEC engine mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox which produces 100 PS of peak power at 3600 rpm and 200 Nm of peak torque at 1750 rpm. It delivers 21.9 kmpl of fuel efficiency. The pricing for the Honda BR-V ranges between INR. 8.75 lakh to INR. 12.90 lakh depending on the variants.

May 15, 2016 12:00
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Important cars launched and launching this May, 2016

Important cars launched and launching this May, 2016

Toyota Innova Crysta is the most anticipated car launched this May

Indian automotive market has started the year in a good note. In last four months several cars have been launched in the Indian market, which include models like Maruti-Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza, the most anticipated first compact SUV from the Indo Japanese automaker. Tata Motors launched their latest compact hatchback Tata Tiago. Datsun also unveiled their latest offering Redi Go compact hatchback last month. So far, several automakers have introduced their new exciting models in the Indian automotive scenario.

In The month of May, we have seen some spectacular car launches. In a few days a few more will be launched, that too in May, 2016 only. Let’s take a quick look which cars have already launched and which are about to launch in May 2016.

May 12, 2016 06:34
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Honda BR-V Variant Wise Features Explained

Honda BR-V Variant Wise Features Explained

The newest contender in the compact SUV brigade packs lot of great features

Honda launched the BR-V compact SUV in India on 5th May 2016, this also happens to be their only compact SUV offering in this segment. The prices for the BR-V starts at 8.75 lakhs, ex-Showroom, New Delhi for the petrol variant while the diesel variant prices starts at INR. 9.9 lakhs(ex showroom Delhi).

The BR-V will compete directly with the Creta and like you already know by now gets both petrol and diesel drivetrain options under its hood. While the petrol variant is powered by the 1.5 Liter 16 Valve, 4 cylinder i-VTEC unit the diesel variant which gets paired to a 6 speed manual as well as an automatic transmission. The diesel variant gets 1.5 L i-DTEC unit which is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. Coming to the power output the petrol variant makes about 119 Ps of peak power and 145 Nm of torque while the diesel variant is capable of producing about 100 ps od peak power and 200 Nm of torque.

The BR-V gets plenty of features on both outside as well inside. Towards the exterior it combines sporty as well bold looks while it also gets projector headlamps towards the front, while towards the side profile it gets new 16 inch alloy wheels and a roof rails to give it a more rugged look. The BR-V also gets an impressive ground clearance as well. Inside its big advantage is that the BR-V is the only car in its segment to provide third row seats for its occupants.

Now that all the details are out we have provided all the details of its features and variant details below of the newly launched BR-V

May 6, 2016 11:00
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Honda Launches the BR-V Compact SUV Prices Starts At 8.75 Lakhs

Honda Launches the BR-V Compact SUV Prices Starts At 8.75 Lakhs

The first and only Honda offering in the competitive Compact SUV segment

Honda today made their presence felt in the popular and highly competitive compact SUV segment of India by launching the new BR-V compact SUV. The new BR-V prices start at INR. 8.75 Lakhs (ex-Showroom, New Delhi) for the base petrol variant while the diesel variant prices starts at INR. 9.9 lakhs(ex showroom Delhi).

The BR-V which stands for Bold Runabout Vehicle gets 3 row seating for passengers which is its biggest strength besides all that this new vehicle also boasts an impressive ground clearance and combines sporty looks and powerful performance at the same time. The Honda BR-V as expected is launched in both diesel and petrol guise, while the petrol variant is powered by the Honda’s tried and tested 1.5-liter, 16 Valve, 4 cylinder i-VTEC unit which is capable of producing about 119 Ps of peak power and 145 Nm of torque. This petrol engine is paired to a specially developed 6 speed manual gearbox while there is also an option of a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) transmission as well which comes with first in class manual shifters positioned behind the steering wheel.

The diesel variant of the BR-V on the other hand is powered by the 1.5 L i-DTEC diesel engine from Earth Dreams Technology series which makes about 100 ps of peak power and 200 Nm of torque. This particular engine is paired to a 6 speed manual transmission.

Both these engines does duty under the hood of the Honda City sedan as well and promises to return fuel efficiency of about 15.4 km/l in the Manual Transmission version and 16 km/l in CVT version respectively. The diesel mill on the other hand promises to return about 21.9km to a litre of diesel fuel.

May 5, 2016 09:09
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OVERVIEW 2016 Honda BR-V

2016 Honda BR-V

Honda’s attempt at the Crossover market. Is it a potential segment leader? Lets find out!

When Honda India unveiled their budget crossover, the BR-V, at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo, it marked the Japanese automaker’s entry into a segment that has been facing competition from a various spectrum of brands. But with Honda’s reliability and refinement, and the famous Crossover architecture, can the BR-V open the doors of Honda’s success in this segment? Well, we try to answer just that!

Compact SUVs and crossovers are a very popular trend in the Indian market and thus, this segment has become one of the most lucrative market spaces. In recent past we have seen almost every other auto maker launching their models in the segment, with each one of them getting positive response from the market. The Indian crossover market was fueled with the launch of the Renault Duster in India, which provided a tasteful combination of car like ride and SUV like presence. Then, a few years later, Hyundai launched the Creta, which was instantly deemed a big hit. The Japanese auto makers like Mitsubishi and Toyota are all set to bring their own models in the near future. But there is one more Japanese auto giant, which was highly awaited to join the Crossover party.

Honda has been in the Indian market for quite a long time, but they didn’t actually try their hands in the compact SUV or Crossover segment. The Honda CR-V, though a crossover, has never been a popular model among Indian customers, especially due to the fact that Honda never gave it a diesel mill, and it was priced exorbitantly.

As the scenario has changed in the last couple of years, Honda is trying to grab a larger share of the Indian automobile market. At the recent 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo, we saw the Japanese auto maker unveil their highly anticipated budget crossover, the Honda BR-V, which has been launched already in several countries in South East Asia. Honda has managed to rope in exceptional sales from the BR-V in neighboring ASEAN countries, and the Japanese giant is expecting to carry forward this success in India as well.

But before the official Honda BRV launch date in India, we put it to a detailed test to find out whether the new Honda Crossover is capable of stirring up the existing market player.

Update 5.05.2016: Honda BR-V launched in India. We have updated the review with new information and images.

May 5, 2016 07:04
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Spec comparison: Honda BR-V vs Ford EcoSport

Spec comparison: Honda BR-V vs Ford EcoSport

Ford EcoSport is one of the best selling compact SUV in the Indian market

Honda Car India is all set to launch their latest compact SUV in form of Honda BR-V in the Indian market on 5th May. The compact SUV looks like an aggressive redesigned Honda Mobilio, which is based on the same platform the Honda Brio, Honda Amaze and Honda Mobilio shares. The upcoming compact SUV will directly take on the other models in the segment like Renault Duster, Hyundai Creta and Ford EcoSport.

Ford EcoSport has been a very popular compact SUV in Indian market since it has been launched in the country. The tall and muscular stance, the sporty design, feature packed interior, practicality and the capability to run on both on and off the roads has been the USPs of this car.

Let us take a look how the Honda BR-V and the Ford EcoSport will compete against each other.

April 28, 2016 09:24
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Spec comparison: Honda BR-V vs Renault Duster

Spec comparison: Honda BR-V vs Renault Duster

Renault Duster will be the toughest competitor against Honda BR-V

Honda is all set to launch their compact SUV Honda BR-V in Indian market on 5th May. The all new compact SUV is looks like a blend between a MPV and a compact SUV. The Honda BR-V gets an appearance, which is similar to the Honda Mobilio. Based on the same platform of Honda Brio, Honda Mobilio the upcoming Honda BR-V gets a spacious and tough look, which can do some off-roading tasks as well as the daily mundane city drives.

Compact SUV is the most popular segment in Indian automotive market after the compact hatchback segment. Being one of the popular and trusted brands in Indian market Honda has every chance to impress the customers with their upcoming compact SUV Honda BR-V. Once launched, the Honda BR-V will take on the popular compact SUVs like Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, and Ford EcoSport. Here, let’s take a look at the two competitors Renault Duster and Honda BR-V, how these two vehicles stand against each other.

April 25, 2016 07:15
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5 Interesting facts about India bound Honda BR-V That You Need To Know

5 Interesting facts about India bound Honda BR-V That You Need To Know

Honda BR-V will launch in India on 5th May

When Japanese automaker Honda showcased their latest compact SUV BR-V at the Auto Expo 2016, we all had interest about this car, which looks like a Mobilio MPV, yet act like a compact SUV. That car is all set to be launched on 5th May. Once launched, this car will directly take on the other popular compact SUVs like Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. The car is based on the same platform like Brio hatchback, Amaze sedan and Mobilio MPV. It will mark the entry of Honda’s first compact SUV for the Indian market.

Ahead of the launch on 5th May let us take a look at some interesting facts about this upcoming compact SUV.

April 20, 2016 07:30
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Two important cars launching in first week of May

Two important cars launching in first week of May

Toyota Innova Crysta will launch on 3rd May, Honda will launch the BR-V on 5th May

The month of April saw some spectacular launches in the Indian automotive arena. In the early May, two very interesting cars are awaiting to be launched which are Toyota Innova Crysta and Honda Mobilio. The Toyota Innova has been ruling the MPV space of Indian automobile market for nearly a decade. At the Auto Expo 2016 the Japanese automaker showcased the new generation Innova dubbed as Toyota Innova Crysta. On 3rd May this car will be launched in Indian market. Just two days later on 5th May another Japanese automaker Honda will launch their latest offering in the compact SUV segment Honda BR-V.

April 19, 2016 10:09
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Honda BR-V Will Target Creta and Duster: Will Be Priced Aggressively

Honda BR-V Will Target Creta and Duster: Will Be Priced Aggressively

The BR-V launching on 5th of May is the only vehicle in its class to offer such level of flexibility

As you all are already aware of the fact that Honda is all set to launch their newest seven seater SUV the BR-V next month. At a recent interview to E.T Auto Mr. Jnaneswar Sen, Senior Vice-President, Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) said, that the compact SUV segment that Honda is all set to enter has grown rapidly in the last two years and the process is still continuing. The new BR-V which they are planning to launch is one versatile vehicle and is also the only vehicle to offer third row seats.

He also added that the success of any product depends on its network, pricing and positioning and thus they have plans to price the new BR-V aggressively and also position it well. The BR-V definitely will get high ground clearance, powerful engine and also premium interiors.

Honda showcased the BR-V at the 2016 Auto Expo, New Delhi. The car showcased at the show was equipped with projector headlamps with integrated LED light guides; skid plates an aggressive front face. While the side profile featured diamond cut alloy wheels, roof rails and an impressive glass area. The rear profile of the BR-V gets a roof spoiler and stylish wrap around taillamps. The dashboard inside looked quite premium at the same time, it came with steering mounted controls, music system with Bluetooth integrity and even automatic climate control. For the safety of the passengers The BR-V will also get dual airbags and ABS along with EBD.

April 18, 2016 15:30
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Honda India begins teaser campaign for BR-V

Honda India begins teaser campaign for BR-V

Honda BR-V is expected to launch in India in May, 2016

Honda Car India is all gearing up for the launch of their new compact crossover BR-V, which was showcased at the New Delhi Auto Expo 2016 in February. In an attempt to boost up the attraction for this car Honda Car India has began a digital teaser campaign named as #WhereNextWithBRV in various social networking sites and in their official website as well.

Honda BR-V comes with a similar appearance like the Mobilio MPV, with much more aggressive look although. BR-V indeed shares the platform with Brio, Amaze and Mobilio. It gets a look of a blend between a crossover and MPV. BR-V comes with a muscular appearance and it gets features like projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights, chrome garnished thick signature bad with the Honda logo at the centre, honeycomb pattern grille, electrically adjustable ORVMs with LED side turning lights integrated to them, sharp creases and cuts at the side body, sporty sharp alloy wheels, black body cladding, C shaped LED taillights, rear roof spoiler, shark fin antenna. Dimensionally the BR-V sports 4456 mm of length, 1735 mm of width, 1666 mm of height, 2662 mm of wheelbase and 42 litres of tank capacity. The interior dons a sporty theme and gets features like multifunction steering wheel, three analog dial consisting instrument cluster, and classy centre console with a 6.1 inch touchscreen infotainment system.

April 6, 2016 12:00
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India bound Honda BR-V gets 5 star rating in ASEAN NCAP crash test

India bound Honda BR-V gets 5 star rating in ASEAN NCAP crash test

Honda BR-V was showcased at 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo

Honda is all set to launch their new crossover BR-V in the Indian market. Before that the car has received 5 star rating in ASEAN NCAP in frontal and side impact crash test. This rating will surely help the Japanese automaker to boost up the sales for this all new car, which was showcased at the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo.

The Honda BR-V scored 14.79 points for Adult Occupant Protection (AOP). In the Child Occupancy Protection (COP) the car has scored 72%. The top variant Honda BR-V comes with several safety features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Seatbelt Reminder System (SBR). The base variants of the car are not equipped with these features although.

Honda BR-V is a stylish and muscular looking car with a 1.5 litre diesel engine under the hood which will deliver 100 PS peak power and 200 Nm of torque. There will be a petrol variant as well, which will produce 119 PS of peak power. Both the petrol and diesel engines will come paired with a 6 speed manual transmission. The petrol variants will get a 5 speed or a 6 speed CVT gearbox as well. Honda unveiled the new car in Indonesia last year. In January 2016 the car has reached the Thailand market as well. Expect the car to compete against two very popular compact SUVs in Indian market, which are Renault Duster and Ford EcoSport.

April 1er, 2016 15:00
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2016 New Delhi Auto Expo: Top 10 Cars From The Show

2016 New Delhi Auto Expo: Top 10 Cars From The Show

With the 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo wrapping up in 24 hours and all the new models launched and concepts revealed we have seen the best and worst of the 2016 edition of the biennial auto event. This year’s Auto Expo was certainly the biggest and largest of its history. And as we have seen the exotic machines up close personally we take the opportunity to make list of the best of the show.

You might find our top best list not satisfactory. Please share your top best list by commenting.

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February 8, 2016 07:30
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