Billed as being “bold and versatile,” Honda’s BR-V crossover has arrived in India which will serve as one of the model’s largest markets.

Honda originally introduced the BR-V in production form last December and now the seven-seat crossover is ready for India where it will be offered with both gasoline and diesel engines. The awkwardly named “Bold Runabout Vehicle” (BR-V) is basically a crossover version of the Brio, but Honda says its engineers have improved structural rigidity.

Indians will be able to get the BR-V with either a 1.5-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine or a more economical 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel. The former develops 119 horsepower (88 kilowatts) and 107 pound-feet (145 newton meters) of torque and is hooked up as standard to a newly developed six-speed manual gearbox. At an additional cost, the engine can be linked to a segment-first continuously variable transmission with paddle shifts.

Go for the diesel which sips less fuel and you have at your disposal 100 hp (74 kW) and 148 lb-ft (200 Nm) channeled to the wheels via a six-speed manual. Don't hold your breath for an all-wheel-drive version, as both engines are sending power exclusively to the front axle.

The generous 2662-mm wheelbase creates a roomy cabin capable of hosting up to seven people on three rows, with the second one featuring a 60:40-split folding layout. The third row of seats is of the 50:50-split folding type and can also be reclined to grant extra comfort. With all the seats in place, the Honda BR-V has a cargo capacity of 223 liters or 691 liters if you fold down the rearmost seats.

To deal with India’s poor roads, Honda has given the BR-V a generous ground clearance of 210 mm which it says represents a best-in-class figure. The seven-seat crossover rides on shiny new 16-inch alloy wheels and combines a McPherson strut front suspension with a torsion beam rear setup.

Honda India is already taking orders for the BR-V which kicks off at INR 8.75 lakhs.

Check out the attached press release for full details. More live pics can be found at the link below.

Source: Honda,

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