The updated 2020 Honda BR-V has received more than 1,400 bookings within its first month since the launch of the facelifted seven-seater SUV last month, according to Honda. The latest figure brings the total sales figure over 32,600 units since the model was first introduced in Malaysia back in 2017.

The top-of-the-range 1.5V variant proves to be the more favoured one between the two, making up 85% of the order books. The seven-seater SUV is also most popular in the Central region, contributing 42% to the total bookings for the 2020 SUV. Buyers also seem to prefer the Modern Steel Metallic colour, with over 24% of bookings made with that option.

The 2020 Honda BR-V (which stands for Bold Runabout Vehicle) received a mid-cycle update in June with several exterior updates, including a new front end with redesigned grille and lower bumper, reworked rear bumper with vertical reflectors, and a new alloy wheel design, which remains unchanged in size at 16-inches.

Inside, the updated Honda BR-V gains new tweeter speakers, cargo lighting, and a cabin filter across the board. The range-topper 1.5V variant in particular gains a new seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display, power retractable side mirrors, paddle shifters and a multi function steering wheel, along with Black/Red leather upholstery.

However, the key selling point of the updated BR-V is still its versatility in space. Honda claims that the seven-seater SUV has the biggest trunk space in the segment – 223 litres of cargo space with all seats in its standard position, and 539 litres with the third-row seats stowed away.

The seats at the rear passenger area can also be configured in a variety of different set-ups. The second-row seats, which can be slid forwards and backwards, feature a 60:40 One Touch Tilt & Tumble mechanism. The third row seats are split right down the middle, with Tilt & Tumble functions.

Under the hood, the 1.5-litre i-VTEC naturally-aspirated engine remains unchanged from the outgoing model, making 120 hp and 145 Nm of torque to drive the front wheels via a CVT gearbox.

The 2020 Honda BR-V is priced at RM89,900 for the 1.5E, and RM96,900 for the 1.5V variant. With the sales tax exemptions which will be in place until the end of the year, the Honda BR-V sees a reduction of 3.5% and 3.6% for the two variants respectively, now starting from RM86,726 and RM93,420.


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