The next-generation Honda BR-V will be launched in Indonesia by the year-end, with production to begin in December this year at the Indonesian plant, according to a report by Indonesian automotive publication OtoDriver.
“Indonesia will be the home base for the successor to the BR-V”, the anonymous source told OtoDriver. The Honda BR-Vs built at the Indonesian factory will be exported to Thailand, the Philippines, Mexico, and South Africa.
There will be additional assembly plants for the Honda BR-V in India and Malaysia, added the source. The former will begin at a later date, where it will also offer a diesel option for the seven-seater SUV, while Malaysia will be bringing in CKD vehicle packs from Indonesia for local assembly.
From that statement alone, it seems like the Malaysian launch for the next-gen Honda BR-V will also be imminent!
While not confirmed, it’s now pretty much an open secret that the next-gen Honda BR-V will take the shape of the N7X concept that was unveiled earlier this year, thanks to a new patent filed by Honda in Indonesia.
According to the patent filing, it’s likely that we’ll continue to see the same 1.5-litre four-cylinder on the next-gen BR-V. The four-banger is good for 120 hp and 145 Nm of torque, and sends power to the front wheels via a CVT gearbox.
The patent filing also revealed that the upcoming Honda BR-V could come equipped the Honda Sensing advanced driver assistance suite, which would be a huge upgrade over the current-gen budget people-mover.
The current Honda BR-V here in Malaysia has been on sale since 2016, and even though it received a facelift last year, the design itself still looks quite dated compared to newer competitors, such as the Mitsubishi Xpander.
Pricing for the current model runs from RM86,726 to RM93,420.27 (both excluding sales tax), and we expect the new model to not stray too far from this bracket.