In a virtual event held yesterday, Honda has unveiled a second-generation BR-V to be launched soon to international markets. The BR-V was previously introduced in India in 2015 before it was discontinued in 2020 due to stringent BS6 emission laws. The 2nd generation “Be Ready-Vehicle” (BR-V) will debut in showrooms in January 2022. But will the Honda BR-V come back to India?
Recalling The Old Honda BR-V
The Honda BR-V was launched back in 2015 as an SUV crossover. It came with two engine options. The first was a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol unit that produced 119 PS at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 4,600RPM. The second was a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel unit with 100 PS at 3,600 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,750RPM. The petrol engine came with a 6-speed manual transmission option and a CVT, while the diesel option only came with a 6-speed manual transmission. The mileage for the petrol version was 15-16km/l, while that for the diesel variant was 21.9km/l.
How Does The 2022 Honda BR-V Look?
Honda has not made too many changes to the car in terms of appearance. Like the old model, the car has an SUV like stance, and however, the distance from the ground has been increased to 220mm from 200mm. Instead of going for a boxy look, Honda decided to keep the rounded edges.
What Powers The 2022 Honda BR-V?
Honda has decided to adapt its powertrain for Honda City to the BR-V 2022. The new-gen BR-V will have a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine that produces 121hp and a maximum torque of 145 NM. the car will now come with a five-speed manual and CVT transmission instead of a 6-speed gearbox.
2022 Honda BR-V New Features
The new generation BR-V will come with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system compatible with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The car will also be equipped with advanced driver assistance system features such as Remote Engine Start, Honda Lane Watch, Walk-Away Auto Lock, and Smart Entry System.
Will The 2022 Honda BR-V Launch In India?
Currently, the car has been debuted in Indonesia, where the demand for the pseudo-SUV has always been high. Honda now does not have a seven-seater SUV in India. So you’ll find a lot of us rooting for a BR-V comeback. Given the gap in the market, the BR-V comeback could be a good decision. However, in India, the previous model of the car didn’t fare too well. In 2019, a year before the BR-V was discontinued in India, Honda sold just 2,857 vehicles in the whole year. The company has not given any indication of plans to launch the 2nd generation BR-V in India.