Honda, the Japanese carmaker will launch its new compact SUV, BR-V on May 5th. Upon its launch, the SUV will lock horns with already successful Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and Mahindra Scorpio. Based on the Brio’s platform, BR-V is Honda’s offering in compact SUV segment with a twist of seven-seats. Yes, that’s right, a 7-seater SUV, all set to challenge the mighty Scorpio. Let’s look how it performs when put in battle with the rest of SUVs.
Well the cliché line of “beauty lies in the eyes of beholder” fits perfectly, cause to some, the BR-V may look like a beefed up version of Mobilio or Mobilio on steroids. While to others, the design and aesthetics may appeal but for the rest, it could be like a wacky copy and paste job. Dimension wise, BR-V measures 4455mm in length, 1,735mm in width, 1,666mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,662mm. However, the SUV features bold front profile, but not exactly on par with Scorpio or Creta for that matter. On paper, BR-V looks like it can handle bit of off-roading with a ground clearance of 210mm but then again, no transmission to handle tougher terrain. Talking about the rivals, Scorpio is the tallest, widest & longest of the lot and even offers longer wheelbase of 2,680 which is maximum when compared with others.
Mechanically, BR-V houses a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine and 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol mill. The diesel powertrain which gives an output of 100PS and peak torque of 200Nm. Creta in it’s 1.6-litre avatar is far ahead with an output of 128PS while the new gen Scorpio also mulls 21bhp more than the Japanese model. In terms of fuel efficiency, Honda has left each of its competitor behind. Now its only the price range that will actually pave the path of success for Honda’s first compact SUV in the country.