After disrupting consumers purchasing decisions with the Honda N7X concept car, PT Honda Prospect Motor in Indonesia has finally unveiled the production version of the vehicle and unsurprisingly, it bears the BR-V model name. Indonesia is the largest consumer of the BR-V seven-seater SUV, thus, hosted the digital global premiere of the all-new model.
Both the Honda N7X concept car and the second-generation Honda BR-V share almost all the design elements, such as the large LED headlamps with signature DRL lighting, a tall front grille, 17-inch wheels and a classy LED ‘light bar’ tail lamp design.
New exterior features include Walk-Away Auto Lock plus the Remote Engine Start that was popularised on the tenth generation Honda Civic Turbo. Consumers will also appreciate the auto-folding side mirrors.
Inside, a small section of the dashboard has been wrapped with leather and double stitching for improved quality and looks. A breakdown of the variants further below elaborate on the new interior features available in the new Honda BR-V.
One of the key headlining aspects of the all-new Honda BR-V is the availability of the full suite of Honda Sensing Advanced Driver Assist System (ADAS), which is also a first-in-the-segment. Apart from LaneWatch, Adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Keeping Assist System and Autonomous Emergency Braking (Collision Mitigation Brake System in Honda-speak), the new Honda BR-V also features the Lead-Car Departure Notification system that was just made its debut in the Thailand-spec 11th generation Honda Civic.
PT Honda Prospect Motor is offering just three core variants for the all-new Honda BR-V- S, E and Prestige. Similar to the current generation BR-V, the seven-seat SUV is offered with just one engine which is the latest 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC engine with outputs of 121 hp and 145 Nm that currently serve duties in the Honda City hatchback.
The engine is paired to either a manual transmission or CVT automatic transmission, depending on the variant. Apart from a new engine, the new Honda BR-V also rides on an updated suspension design that increases its ground clearance by 20 mm to 220 mm.
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Standard features starting with the Honda BR-V S variant includes LED headlamps with LED DRLs, touchscreen infotainment measuring seven inches with smartphone connectivity, digital air-conditioning system, side airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist and Hill Start Assist. A count of six airbags was also mentioned in the product video though it is unclear if it is standard or available in the higher variants.
Moving upwards to the E variant gets you many of the new goodies such as Walk-Away Auto Lock, Remote Engine Start, 4.2-inch coloured multi-info display (MID), rear air-conditioning blower, power outlet for the second-row occupants and LED front fog lights.
The new Honda BR-V Prestige variant meanwhile gets the auto-folding side mirrors with LED turn signal lights, 17-inch wheels, a rear-seat armrest, power outlet for the third-row occupants plus leather upholstery on the seats as well as the dashboard trim and door panels.
The range-topping BR-V Prestige with Honda Sensing not only adds the namesake ADAS suite but also a hands-free function on the touchscreen infotainment system.
As far as the option for colours, there are no new shades launched in conjunction with the all-new Honda BR-V, with a rather safe palette of white, black, silver and grey finishes.
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Unfortunately, the PT Honda Prospect Motor has not disclosed the retail price of the all-new Honda BR-V, but expect the model to be priced from IDR260 million (approx. RM76.3k) and deliveries are only scheduled to begin from January 2022, as mentioned in an earlier report.
The launch video also ended with a teaser of another new Honda SUV (height and roof rails), perhaps the smaller Mobilio that is also based upon the BR-V?
Note: The majority of the images are screenshots of the launch video due to the limited availability