2017 All-New Honda BR-V Launched In Malaysia – From RM85,800Auto News
Big on space, huge on value – the all-new BR-V is Honda’s answer for the young and growing families of Malaysia.
Two variants have been introduced at the outset:
- Type E: RM85,800
- Type V: RM92,800
Prices indicated are OTR with insurance
The BR-V is Honda’s first seven-seater in this sub-RM100k segment, and is based on a heavily reworked platform used in the Thai/Indo market Honda Brio hatchback and Brio Amaze sedan.
At a glance, the BR-V looks like your typical MPV people-mover, but, with a class-leading, flash flood combating 201mm ride height (even higher than the CR-V's 170 mm) and some fresh and bold body styling, the BR-V does inject some much-needed flair into the segment.
The BR-V fills the gap, in pricing, between the B-Segment Honda City sedan and mid-sized crossover, the HR-V, and competes against the Nissan Grand Livina, Toyota Avanza and Toyota Rush. With the introduction of the new 7-seater, Honda's range of utility vehicles now includes the BR-V, HR-V, CR-V and the premium-positioned Honda Odyssey MPV.
The Honda BR-V measures 1735mm in width, 1666mm in height and 4456mm in length, which is 75mm wider and a whopping 306mm longer than the Toyota Avanza. Crucially, the BR-V’s 2662mm wheelbase pips the Avanza’s by 7mm and the seminal Honda CR-V’s by some 40mm. All these translates into a roomier interior, with the third-row seats spacious enough to accommodate adults comfortably.
For convenience and comfort, the seats are designed to:
- Front row - slide and recline
- Second row - slide and recline, 60:40 split with one-touch tilt and tumble
- Third row - 50:50 split, recline, tilt and tumble
With the third row folded, the BR-V manages a wholesome 539-litre of boot space. With all the seats up, the boot swallows 233 litres of cargo.
The BR-V is locally-assembled at Honda’s plant in Pegoh, Melaka.
Powering all three variants is the tried and tested 1.5-litre four-cylinder i-VTEC engine that also powers other successful models such as the Jazz and City. The unit produces a 120PS at 6,600rpm and 145Nm of torque at 4,200rpm. The engine is paired to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) type automatic transmission that also uses a torque converter for better reliability.
On the safety front, all variants of the BR-V receive ABS, EBD, two airbags, as well as the most crucial Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) as standard. Check out the key differences between the variants in the shortlist below.
Standard features of the BR-V
- 1.5-litre i-VTEC naturally aspirated engine
- LED Daytime Running Lights
- Projector halogen headlights
- Side mirrors with turn signals
- Roof rails
- Pole type antennae
- Shiny dark metallic finished instrument panel
- Manual air-conditioning
- Fabric upholstery
- Urethane steering wheel and gearknob
- 11 cupholders
- Standard audio system with Bluetooth, USB, AUX and Hands-Free connectivity, 4 speaker audio
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Two airbags
- ISOFIX (Second row)
- Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
- ABS with EBD
- Hill-Start Assist (HSA)
- Reverse sensors
- Security alarm with Immobiliser
- Chrome door handles
- Bumper lower garnish and side protector
- Electrical tailgate lock
- Steering wheel audio control
- Water print matt finished instrument panel
- Auto air-conditioning
- Leather upholstery
- Leather steering wheel and gearknob
- Leather 'door lining' armrest
- 6.0 inch display audio
- HDMI input port
- Reverse camera
The BR-V is available in five exterior colors namely - Tafetta White, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Mechanic, Dark Ruby Red Pearl and the new introduction, Golden Brown Metallic.
BR-V customers will benefit from a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty and up to six, alternate free labour services up till 100,000km. The BR-V's service intervals are at every 10,000km. The Honda BR-V has been awarded a 5-Star Asean NCAP rating in Ault Occupant Protection and a 4-Star Child Occupant Protection rating.