Honda held an online event to unveil the second generation BR-V compact seven-seater crossover. Externally, the novelty, which will be sold mainly in Asia and South Africa, repeats the N7X concept. The all-terrain vehicle is designed with the needs and habits of seven-seater buyers in mind – it even required extensive research – and offers a range of options not previously available in this segment.
The BR-V model appeared in the Honda lineup in 2015. They created it with an eye on the markets of Southeast Asia – Indonesia, India, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand – but even there the crossover did not live up to expectations. In the spring of 2020, Honda closed a plant in the Philippines, and then curtailed sales of BR-V in India, explaining this by falling demand and the introduction of new eco-norms, which the car did not meet.
The “second” BR-V is designed to strengthen the shaky positions of the brand, and for this it has everything it needs. Firstly, the crossover has become visually more holistic and has lost the dubious stepped sill line. Secondly, it has significantly expanded the list of equipment: a new multimedia system with a seven-inch display, a 4.2-inch screen on the dashboard, leather upholstery, as well as six airbags “in the base” and the Honda Sensing complex have appeared. >
The latter includes adaptive cruise control, a lane-keeping system, functions for avoiding frontal collisions and tracking the car in front (notifies when the car stops or starts moving). Also available for the BR-V are reflective LED headlights and automatic high beam.
For BR-V, one single engine is offered: “aspirated” 1.5 with 121 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. The unit complies with the ecological class “Euro-4” and is combined with a six-speed “mechanics” or a new variator. According to preliminary data, sales of the crossover in Indonesia will begin in January next year at a price of 260 million rupees ($ 18,200).
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