Bengaluru, May 13th, 2016: 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.
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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 theSports 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. Raman Kumar Sharma, Senior Vice President & Director, 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 versionrespectively. 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.
The exterior design of Honda BR-V is striking which reflects toughness and a premium SUV character. Sporting a bold and wide stance from the front, the exterior styling is highlighted by Projector Headlamps, Front Grill Design and LED Position lamps. Silver Finish roof rails of the BR-V accentuate the sporty appeal of the vehicle. The tough sporty and premium wide feel is further enhanced by the Connected tail light design with LED Light Guide at the rear. The uniquely styled all-new 16 inch aluminum wheelsemphasize the dynamism and ruggedness of the BR-V.
The BR-V interiors boast of a Sporty All Black Color Theme, Futuristic Dashboard Design, High quality material and a Highly Versatile, comfortable and spacious 3 row cabin. The Premium interiors have been further enhanced by use of Silver accents, Cool Mesh Design, Piano black finish on the Instrument panel. The White lit 3D Speedometer with Multi Information Display lends the interiors a Sporty appeal. TheLeather Seats coupled with Leather wrapped steering wheel, Leather Gear Knob and Leather Door Armrests enhances the premium and sporty appeal. The BR-V also comes with multi layered fabric seats of high quality providing comfort and premium-ness.
The Honda BR-V features a host of advanced interior equipment including the Push Button Start with Smart Entry, Integrated Bluetooth Audio System with Hands Free Telephone (HFT) and Steering mounted controls for Audio, Automatic Air Conditioner and Power Foldable ORVMs to provide more convenience for the consumers. The Multi Information Display (MID) allows the driver to monitor all important trip and vehicle information including Driving Range, Instantaneous and Average Fuel Efficiency, Ambient Temperature and Time. Further, an Eco lamp provides feedback to the driver during fuel-efficient driving.
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