Honda’s latest mid-size SUV, BR-V, is finally here. The company released a teaser back in January pre-booking began in February.
Following a launch event in Lahore, the car maker has revealed all about its new SUV for the Pakistani market.
CEO Honda, Shinki Aoyama, while addressing the audience, said “The decision to introduce Honda BR-V in Pakistan is primarily to cater big families and diverse roads of Pakistan.”
The SUV market is traditionally dominated by the likes of Pajeros, Hilux and Land Cruisers. Of late, subcompact and midsize SUVs have been in great demand, cannibalizing on sedans, hatchbacks and full-featured SUVs.
Suzuki recently entered the SUV realm with the Vitara but the response was underwhelming from the general public. Honda’s BR-V, on the other hand, offers more for less. The vehicle is solidly built, practical and offers generous amounts of space for a smaller price tag.
Two different variants of the BR-V will be available in Pakistan:
- BR-V i-VTEC Grade
- BR-V i-VTEC S-Grade
Let’s take a look at what the car has to offer.
BR-V’s design is a reminiscent of what we have already seen with Honda CR-V and HR-V. While not that tall, the SUV is long and decently wide. It has a ground clearance of 201mm (20.1cm), which, Honda claims is class leading.
The large rim tires, fog lights, Chrome Front Grill, Rear Combination Lamps, Retractable side mirrors with side signals make the vehicle stand out from the rest. You can see the car in all its glory in the images below:
Honda BR-V will be available with the following color options:
- Tafetta White
- Lunar Silver
- Modern Steel
- Urban Titanium
- Crystal Black
- Sporty Blue
While still a toned down version compared to international models, Honda Atlas hasn’t cut much in the Pakistani variant of the BR-V. It gets most features you would expect to find in car of this size at this price range.
BR-V i-VTEC S grade comes with a multimedia navigation built-in while the feature is optionally available in the vanilla variant.
The steering and dashboard metre resemble what we have already seen in the HR-V. You get a well-lit speedometer and on-steering controls so that there’s no need to lift hands off the wheel while driving.
Ac controls are come with touch buttons unlike the recently unveiled City which had manual knobs. There’s a rear AC in place as well so that those sitting at the very end can still have a good experience. The seven seater features comfortable seats.
Honda has made sure that there’s ample room for everyone to sit at a fair distance from eachother. The third row seats come with 50/50 split functionality to extend the already spacious boot space.
The metallic accents, cup holder and leather interior (S grade) give a luxurious feel in an otherwise moderately priced vehicle. Driver seat height adjustment only comes with the S grade variant.
Engine & Performance
Both Honda BR-V variants will come with a 1.5 litre engine along with CVT (Automatic) transmission. According to information from Honda’s released documents for the international variants of the vehicle, it can achieve a mileage of 16 km/l with Automatic transmission.
ABS brakes with EBD come as a standard in the new BR-V.
Safety & Security
Unfortunately, both variants will come with SRS Airbags but only for the car’s driver.
Keyless entry and Immobilizer come as a standard on both variants of the SUV.
Following features come as standard on the base model and the S Grade variant.
The optional features, which don’t come alongside your variant of choice, are listed below along with prices:
- Multimedia navigation – Rs. 60,000
- Glass Coating – Rs. 13,990
- Modulo – Rs. 179,000
Price & Availablity
Honda BR-V will come with a price tag similar to what we heard off in the previous leaks. The following prices have been announced:
- BR-V i-VTEC – Rs. 2,229,000
- BR-V i-VTEC S – Rs. 2,329,000
The vehicle was already available for pre-booking. Depending on the demand, you can start book the vehicle. Honda BR-V will also be available at Honda show rooms across the country.
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