The Honda BR-V is the brand’s most affordable seven-seater ever since the Mobilio was discontinued. The current generation has a rather youthful and energetic appearance, making it quite the head-turner in its segment. But it wasn’t most people’s cup of tea. If you’re one of those hoping for something a little more refined, your prayers have been answered with the second-generation model that just made its virtual debut in Indonesia.
While the previous generation ended up looking like a “baby CR-V,” the redesign sports a more premium, upscale appearance (taken from the N7X concept) that can stand on its own in the Honda stable.
The new front fascia has LED headlights connected to a rather large front grille that looks similar to the newest Civic. The redesigned side profile now adopts more mature and uniform styling, boasting redesigned 17-inch alloy wheels and a single character line meeting the new U-shaped taillamps.
The cabin of the seven-seater receives an update with leather adorning most of the interior (aside from the seats) like the armrests, door sills, and several dashboard panels (on the Prestige variant). There’s a new seven-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the driver gets treated to a new instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch display in the center.
You also get new convenience features such as a remote engine starter, walk-away auto lock and smart entry, auto-folding mirrors, and Honda LaneWatch (a driver aid that uses a camera mounted on the passenger-side mirror to see what’s in the vehicle’s blind spot).
Honda Sensing now makes an appearance on the top-level trim. It includes features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Auto High Beam, Collision Mitigation Brake System, Lead Car Departure Notification System, Lane-Keeping Assist System, and Road Departure Mitigation.
As for what’s powering the car, it’s a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with 119hp and 145Nm, mated to either a manual transmission or a CVT. Pricing has yet to be announced, but reservations are open on Honda’s Indonesian website. Only time will tell when Honda Cars Philippines will bring the all-new BR-V to our shores, but expect the local model to be very similar.