Honda Malaysia has just introduced the all-new BR-V 7-seater Crossover for the domestic market at a starting price of RM 85,800. The new Honda BR-V (Bold RUnabout Vehicle) is especially developed for the Asian and Ocenia markets and represents the first HRAP model in the country.
As an SUV Crossover, the BR-V 7-seater is offered in two variants; BR-V E and BR-V V specifications. In looks, the new BR-V resembles the current Honda CR-V rather closely, along with Honda’s signature DNA. Stylish and Practicality are the USPs here. At the front, the new BR-V adopts auto headlights with DRLs (daytime running lights), rounded foglights and a chrome-accented grille with an obvious Honda emblem.
The side of the new BR-V is emphasized by the high ground clearance (201 mm, largest in segment), 16-inch wheels, adjustable side mirror with turn signal and roof rail. The five-spoke, dual-tone designed alloy wheels provide more eye-catching details of the new BR-V when viewed at the side. From the rear, the new BR-V stands out with some finesse thanks to unique rear lights, which are attached to a reflective bar. An extended rear window improve visibility for the driver, while the rear’s upper spoiler somewhat betters aerodynamics. Other rear highlights include a chrome-accented panel, just above the number plate, and a grey-garnish skid plate on the lower bumper.
Inside, the new BR-V is innovation meets comfort. It has a cabin that fits five adults and two children quite comfortably, hence it is considered a 7-seater. The higher trim level BR-V has greater features such as a 6.1-inch touchscreen, auto air-Conditioning, Push Start and Smart Entry, leather materials and a steering with switches. clad in leather. Both BR-V varriants have a rear a/c vent.
On the practicality side, the new BR-V, being a 7-seater and all, has multi-configuration seats, where 2nd row seats adjusts with an easy One Touch Tilt & Tumble in a 60:40 configuration while 3rd row seats comes in a 50:50 Tilt & Tumble. A generous 11 cup holders offer ample small storage convenience and utility options. Meanwhile, the new BR-V comes with a large trunk space of 223 liter, expandable up to 539 liters with the 3rd-row seats down.
The new BR-V is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine coupled with Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox which was developed under Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology to improve fuel economy and deliver better driving performance. Output and torque ratings are 120 ps and 145 Nm, respectively.
As an Asean NCAP 5-star rated vehicle, the new BR-V is packed with ample safety features. Among the highlights are; Dual Front airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and ISOFIX. On top of that, improved NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) with Bulkhead (BHD) and insulators provide a rather quiet cabin for all occupants on the go.
The new Honda BR-V comes in five color options: Dark Ruby Red Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Taffeta White and Golden Brown Metallic (new). The BR-V starts with the E varinat at RM85,800 and the BR-V V variant at RM92,800; all prices include insurance and the standard 5-year unlimited warranty.
Modulo accessories are available for the new BR-V in three options; Full Modulo, Urban and Utility packs. For the Modulo pack, you get a front lower garnish, rear lower garnish , side skirt and an extended tailgate spoiler. The Urban Modulo pack has a tailgate spoiler, side running board and side step garnish. Utility Modulo pacl add more interior ornaments such as door visor, cargo tray, trunk organizer, sun shade and door protector film. All modulo packs come with additional charges.