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The Honda BR-V grows up for 2022

The seven-seater now has a more premium look

The all-new Honda BR-V has more rounded edges. PHOTO FROM HONDA

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.

The rear side windows no longer have the bottom kink. PHOTOS FROM HONDA

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.

Some of the things that give the all-new BR-V a premium look. PHOTOS FROM HONDA

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).

The range-topping BR-V variant in Indonesia gets Honda Sensing. IMAGES FROM HONDA

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.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.