Honda has revealed the second-generation SUV model BR-V in Indonesia on Sunday. The carmaker widely known for its best-selling sedans is growing its SUV lineup. Last year, Honda brought their N7X concept to the global market abroad. BR-V is based on this concept and is launched only in Indonesia, their major market, for now.
It is no secret that the previous version of BR-V did not do well in the Indian market. Essentially a perfect fit for our domestic consumers, the three-row crossover SUV can be a potential front liner if ever launched in India.
Honda has also confirmed that there is an Indian-centric SUV model in development and will be launched in 2023 to compete with Hyundai Creta. This makes it highly unlikely for the BR-V to be seen on Indian roads in future.
Even though the new BR-V has kept its curves, it has acquired quite a distinctive appearance from its predecessor with the upright front and rear profiles and a boxy stance. It has multi-spoke alloy wheels.
The tough-looking 7-seater is dynamic with a strong body and ample space with the qualities of an MPV. It has a new, bold and enormous grille, LED headlamps with integrated LED DRLs and a faux skid plate at the rear. The rear also has Z-shaped tail lamps and roof-mounted spoilers.
BR-V will be available in 5 colour options:
- New Premium Opal White Pearl
- Taffeta White
- Lunar Silver Metallic
- Model Steel Metallic
- Crystal Black Pearl
Inside the new SUV, the cabin is spacious with front and second-row armrests, extra power outlets in the front, middle and rear seats and a 4.2-inch TFT display for Honda SENSING functions and other data. There is also another 7-inch touch screen display as the digital infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, ADAS and other tech.
It also comes with keyless entry, remote engine start and auto foldable ORVMs. Equipped with safety features such as adaptive cruise control, auto high-beam, lane-watch system for blind-spot detection, road departure mitigation, collision mitigation braking system, lane-keeping assist system, 6 airbags, ABS, EBD, reversing camera, etc, the new BR-V is definitely an upgraded version from its predecessor.
However, the major variance from the first generation BR-V is that there is no petrol variant available in the new model. The earlier diesel unit has been discontinued.
The new BR-V comes with the same 1.5-litre petrol engine as in the old model and the Indian-spec Honda city, and belts out a power output of 121 bhp and a torque of 145 Nm. It is offered in 6-speed as well as CVT transmission choices.
We’ll have to wait and see if Honda comes to India at the earliest, with this BR-V or its India-specific model in 2023.