New Honda BR-V has fixed a ‘flaw’ in the previous gen’s exterior design

The new Honda BR-V was just launched in Indonesia yesterday after months of speculation and we’re happy to share that they’ve addressed the previous models’ exterior design flaw.

In our comparison video between the Mitsubishi Xpander and the Honda BR-V, we pointed that while the previous generation BR-V had a timeless and easy-to-like exterior design, the side profile looked disproportionate.

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This was due to the large rear side windows and a beltline that dips slightly after the B-pillar. The beltline is the line that divides the side windows and the door panel, so to speak. Refer to the image attached.

This may have improved visibility and offered more natural light to the cabin but from the outside, you just get the feeling that it’s not as good looking as it can be.

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Now, with a straighter beltline and no less rear visibility, the new BR-V has fulfilled its aesthetic potential. Overall it looks more proportionate, with a face that’s hard to dislike.

It’s even better equipped too; with the compact 7-seater SUV getting the Honda Sensing driver assistance system. It also gets convenience features like walk-away auto lock and remote engine start.

The compact seven-seater also rides 20 mm higher now, with a ground clearance of 220 mm. Under the hood is an updated 1.5-litre engine with 121 hp and 145 Nm, which means a mere 1 hp increase from the previous model. One. The engine will be paired to a CVT (in Malaysia) while in Indonesia, you can even get one with a 6-speed manual.

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  1. I am very disappointed with the quality of Honda BRV. Loads of issues since we had it in 2018. Had to change the Aircon compressor (cost RM3K+ under warranty) and Clutch set /+ Stator set (cost RM2K+ no warranty) just 3 years after using it. Now, the Aircon compressor broke down again just after another 3 years of hardly used due to Covid, after the 5-year warranty is over, have to pay Rm3k+ myself this time. Never had such horrible experience with my other Honda. This just put me off from having another Honda next.


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