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Honda BR-V: Slated to be axed come BS-VI era?

Come BS-VI era, Honda is expected to axe out its people mover, the BR-V, following the poor sales numbers and lower consumer demand. Now, in an ideal world, Honda would have prepped the launch of the facelifted BR-V – which was unveiled last year at the Indonesia International Motor Show – with a BS-VI engine. But, as sources suggest, that’s very unlikely to happen.

Sure, it will help reduce the toxic gases from the planet, but the enforcement of the BS-VI emission standards would result in less exciting cars and the discontinuation of various older models, which were simply a hoot to drive. For instance, the 1.3-litre Fiat-sourced diesel that served as a reliable engine over the years was discontinued early this year, since it will not be upgraded to match the new emission standards. Damn, what an era!

Making the earth a better to place to live, however, is a bigger concern than making us enthusiasts rejoice. Getting back to the BR-V now, it is also expected to be discontinued, for Honda believes the sales numbers aren’t viable enough to introduce the facelift with a cleaner engine. So, before it’s discontinued at the end of this month, Honda is offering a huge discount on its people mover. Here’s a complete lowdown.

Specifications

On the face of it, the Honda BR-V looks contemporary and butch, thanks to the use of rugged bumpers and plastic cladding. As far as the overall dimensions are concerned, the BR-V is 4,453mm in length, 1,735mm in width, and 1,666mm in height. Moreover, it has an impressive wheelbase of 2,662mm. The ground clearance, too, is impressive at 210mm. It has a kerb weight of 1,199kg, fuel tank capacity of 42-litres and a boot space capacity of 223-litres.

At the heart of the India-spec Honda BR-V are two engines, a petrol and a diesel. Let’s just say the Honda BR-V uses the same powertrains as the Honda City, for the entry-level engine is the company’s 1.5-litre four-cylinder i-VTEC unit, good for 119bhp and 145Nm of torque. It comes mated to either a 6-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox. On the other hand, there is the 1.5-litre four-cylinder i-DTEC engine, which produces 100bhp and 200Nm of torque and comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.

Both engines, as of early-2020, are compliant with BS-IV emission standards. Honda is expected to update both the engines to meet the new emission standards. Whether or not we’ll see the BS-VI compliant versions of both these engines under the hood of the BR-V remains to be seen.

Mileage

The BS-IV versions of the Honda BR-V are decently frugal. The diesel-manual here is, of course, the most frugal at 21.9km/l. The petrol derivatives of the BR-V are good for 15.4km/l (with the manual gearbox) and 16km/l (with the CVT gearbox).

Features

On the features front, however, the BR-V isn’t as loaded as some of its competitors. While the facelift unveiled last year was decently equipped, the ongoing India-spec model needs an equipment upgrade.

For instance, there is no touchscreen infotainment system here, while it only gets a 2-Din system with Bluetooth, iPod and AUX connectivity. It does get a push-button start, climate control, leather-wrapped steering, and some other goodies, to say the least.

Colours

The BR-V, as of early-2020, comes in five shades, namely, Carnelian Red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Golden Brown Metallic, Alabaster Silver Metallic, and Modern Steel Metallic.

Brochure

All the details regarding the Honda BR-V, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.

Variants and Prices

As of early-2020, the Honda BR-V is available in eight variants, with four variants for the petrol-manual, one variant for the petrol-CVT and three variants for the diesel-manual. The prices start at Rs. 9.53 lakhs for the E Petrol variant going all the way up to Rs. 13.83 lakhs for the VX Diesel variant (both prices ex-showroom, Delhi). For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.

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About Ayush Khanna

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Ayush Khanna is an automobile journalist at autoX. Born and residing in the capital state of India, he has a knack for driving and testing cars and bikes to their extreme limits. He enjoys his time writing and travelling which is well suited for his profession. He also loves to work out after the office hours and watch Cricket in his free time.

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