Honda Phillippines is premiering the new BR-V 7-seater SUV at the Phillippine International motor Show, starting 14 September. The Honda BR-V thus becomes the latest addition to the existing line-up of Honda vehicles for the Phillippines market.
The new BRV is a compact Crossover SUV, developed by Honda R & D Asia Pacific, based in Thailand. Prior to its Phillippines debut, the Honda BR-V has already been introduced in Indonesia and at the 2016 Auto Expo in India. With the imminent debut of the BR-V in the Phillippines, Malaysia should take in the BR-V, courtesy of Honda Malaysia; estimated either late fourth quarter or early first quarter of 2016.
The new Honda BR-V exudes a tough and solid exterior design, high ground clearance, sleek roof rails and trendy alloy wheels. In looks, the BRV shares a stark resemblance to the CR-V, with a more compact and rugged outlook.
The interior is almost a carbon copy of the CR-V’s, with all the necessary trims and connectivity options. The Br-V, however, has a much spacious cabin with seven seats in a 3-row configuration, making the SUV an ideal vehicle for active families. Similar to current Honda vehicles, the BR-V comes with a host of prominent safety features and assistance systems, including ABS, EBD, Hill Start Assist, VSA, dual front airbags, ISOFIX and many more.
The Made-in-Indonesia Honda BRV is offered in four versions: S MT, E MT, E CVT and E Prestige CVT. In the engine department, the Honda BRV takes up a 1.5-liter engine for an output of 120 PS and 145 Nm, paired to either a 6-speed MT or CVT gearbox (based on the Indonesian version). The Malaysian version will most probably be available with the CVT transmission only.
As for the BR-V’s domestic debut, we’d just have to wait until Honda Malaysia makes it official sometime in the fourth quarter or the first quarter of next year.