When Honda launches new crossover, eyes of the entire automotive community are pointed in direction of Japanese carmaker. So it is with upcoming 2017 Honda BR-V. We have information from company that SUV is in the final phase of development, so it could be soon unveiled. Modern vehicle will have all features and specs demanded by market – powerful, but economical powertrain, aggressive, but still elegant appearance. Release date wasn’t announced, but we believe that new BRV comes after car show in Shanghai, and before Detroit’s auto show. Price is unknown as well.
2017 Honda BR-V redesign
The 2017 Honda BR-V is going to suffer many changes on its exterior. Main direction of development goes to lighter vehicle. Because of that, new frame is prepared, made of aluminum and other lightweight materials. Steel is used for body panels, to provide stronger and more durable chassis. Experts believe that new crossover could use modified platform, and there are also opinions that will be the same. Aerodynamics are boosted with new hood and roof shape.
Headlamps and grille are more elegant now. Fog lights and 21-inch wheels are likely to appear on base models. Headlights and taillight are using LED lamps, for better visibility. On bumpers, designers installed combination of two color surface, black and white. Two roof bars are new part of the crossover, and it faced good critics.
2017 Honda BR-V drivetrain
Few engine options will be available for 2017 Honda BR-V. As base unit, engineers decided to install 1.5-l i-VTECH four-cylinder unit. This option might not be the strongest, but fuel consumption is very economical. If you want more power, then there is 1.8-l powertrain, also in i-VTECH technology. Both units are mated to a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission, which forwards power to front wheels.
All trims of the 2017 BR-V crossover will offer AWD. There were some rumors about Hybrid model of the SUV, but it is not likely to happen, because company announced that some other models will use electric batteries as a support to classic source of power. Nevertheless, Honda did not disclaim these information.