Honda launches second-generation BR-V
Redesigned Honda BR-V goes on sale
Honda has reaffirmed their presence in the seven-seater SUV market with the introduction of the brand-new, second-generation, BR-V. This completely redesigned model offers improvements in all departments including exterior design, standard features, technology and increased interior space.
With attractive new styling, a practical and versatile cabin, good performance and handling as well as an extensive list of standard features the BR-V takes Honda’s seven-seater offering to the next level.
The second-generation BR-V combines the characteristics of an SUV with the space and utility of an MPV in a range that offers three specification levels, one engine option and a choice between a manual or a CVT transmission.
SUV inspired styling
The all-new BR-V looks the part of a true SUV, with a sense of toughness. The body is 35mm longer and 45mm wider, which translates into generous amounts of space for occupants in all three rows.
A completely redesigned front end gives the BR-V a rugged new appearance, which is bolstered by an aggressive and sporty new grille as well as redesigned LED daytime running lights and headlamps. Strong contour lines run from the front to the rear and accentuate the overall length. At the rear a LED taillight cluster neatly blends in with these lines. Roof rails and 16 or 17-inch alloy wheels round off the new look.
The interior is uncluttered and adorned with quality materials and finishes throughout. Fabric seats are standard, however Elegance models are fitted with synthetic leather upholstery as well as additional trim finishes.
The cabin of all models features leather-like materials in areas such as the armrests, door panels and the dashboard creating a more upmarket, high quality feel.
All models derivatives feature a brand new seven-inch touch screen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity while a 4.2-inch TFT display on the dashboard provides information on features such as the active Honda Sensing functions.
With all seats in position, seven occupants can be seated comfortably, while still offering a usable amount of luggage space. The third row of seats can be folded down in a 50/50 split fashion and the second row in a 60/40 manner, offering a variety of practical seating and cargo configurations.
Under the bonnet
The new BR-V is available with one engine choice in the form of the 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC engine that offers 89kW and 6 600rpm and 145Nm at 4 300rpm.
Trend models are fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the Comfort is available with either a six-speed manual or a CVT transmission. The Elegance is available exclusively with a CVT transmission.
Honda claim that manual models will use 6,8 litres/100km on the combined cycle, while CVT models will use just 6,3 litres/100km.
Top of the range safety
The BR-V features Honda’s top of the range safety suite known as Honda Sensing. All models feature Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist, Emergency Stop Signal, ABS and Isofix child seat anchors. Dual front and side airbags are standard across the range, while the Comfort and Elegance models gain curtain airbags as well.
The Elegance takes this one step further with the addition of Collision Mitigation Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, Road Departure Mitigation, Auto High-Beam, Lane Watch camera and Forward Collision Warning.
All models come standard with a five-year/200 000km warranty and the price of Comfort and Elegance derivatives includes a four-year/60 000km service plan as standard.