Honda has finally introduced the second-generation BR-V. Its appearance was heralded by the N7X concept, which was shown to us earlier in May, featuring a completely redesigned front panel, a number of other updates, and a massive security strike.
But first let’s talk about design. If you’ve seen the concept, then you know it’s almost a copy of it. The redesign makes the car a little bigger in the pictures, but its exact dimensions have not yet been revealed. In any case, you can expect that the salon will be a little more spacious, and its total area will be larger than before.
This time the fascia is much more masculine. It looks more durable thanks to a more vertical grille and a longer hood, which gives it a more ordinary look of the SUV – at least in front. One might say that its design is similar to Perodua Ativa, but hey, that’s what it is and it’s not a bad look.
Unlike the original BR-V, the solid wing is much less hampered by the use of chrome, and the chrome strip now merges directly with the headlights. Speaking of which, it seems the version with the highest range will get LED headlights, and the LED DRLs now sit at the top of the headlights and bend down at the edges. There’s also what looks like LED fog lights and a pretty pronounced silver “strap” on.
Other obvious changes include a smoother side body with a continuous shoulder line that extends from the headlights all the way to the taillights. The bottom line of the window is also completely straight, so it looks much cleaner compared to the weird jagged lines on the model that recedes.
The back also gets a complete redesign. It’s noticeably rounder, more lush if you will, and generally cleaner. The LED taillights are very similar to those in the city, and the rear doors look as if they have a section right in the middle to reduce the volume.
Others are noteworthy design repairs: lower rails on the roof, rear spoiler, neater plastic paneling, large 17-inch alloy wheels and horizontal reflectors at the bottom of the rear bumper.
Interestingly, the dashboard layout remains very familiar with the previous generation model. The cabin has undergone precise changes, but the cab and center stack with top vents have the same overall layout as before, making it look a bit like a CR-V.
The instrument cluster this time is brand new, with two analog sensors plus a color multi-information display in the middle. The multifunction steering wheel looks rougher with a clumsy central boss, and the infotainment display is a small seven-inch unit with the ability to connect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other new features include remote engine start, automatic locking, center armrest for first and second row seats, and charging connectors for all three rows.
The power mechanism has also been updated. The 1.5-liter four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine now gets twin cams that produce 121 hp. and 145 Nm of torque. It’s only 1 PS more than before, but hey, the update is an update. All this power is transmitted to the front wheels either via a six-speed manual transmission or via a CVT.
The biggest update to the BR-V should be its security features. All variants of the new BR-V will receive six airbags as standard, and the Prestige model with the highest range can be had with Honda Sensing. It introduces features such as adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, lane keeping assistance, lane centering, forward warning, automatic high beam and Honda LaneWatch. Honda Malaysia, don’t let us down now.
Finally, for an estimate, the new BR-V is reported to cost around 260 million rupees in Indonesia, which is about RM76k. It will go on sale only in January next year, so expect more information to appear over time.
It seems that in 2022 Honda Malaysia will be a very busy year. We can expect the official launch of this new BR-V, the new HR-V and the new Civic. In fact, the Civic may even be up and running by the end of the year, so that should lead to rolling.
So, tell us what new Honda model are you looking forward to, and what do you think of the new BR-V? Let us know what you think below.