Three months after orders were opened for the facelifted Honda BR-V, the new model is now available in Malaysia. For the most part, the updated seven-seater MPV looks similar to the previous model, but there are some notable changes here and there – along with a pretty steep price hike.
Just like its predecessor, two variants of the new BR-V are offered. The E trim costs RM89,900 – the pre-facelift E model went for RM80,989 – while the range-topping V variant goes for RM96,900; up from RM87,701. That’s quite a big price increase, but as mentioned, you do get more for your money with the facelifted model.
For one, the new BR-V gets some styling changes that lend to a more “masculine look,” as Honda puts it. Both the E and V trims are now equipped with a new front grille, front bumper, and lower bumper garnish, though it’s worth noting that only the V variant gets fog lamps. Besides that, the facelift gets new 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheel design too, along with a revised rear bumper (with vertical reflectors) and shark fin antenna.
Of course, the cabin of the updated BR-V gets some neat changes too. Standard equipment across the two variants include tweeter speakers, cabin filter, automatic air-conditioning, keyless entry, and push-start button. The range-topping V trim, on the other hand, gets a seven-inch infotainment screen, paddle shifters, leather seats with red accents, and a gear knob with red stitching.
There’s also a new colour option for the BR-V: Marine Purple Pearl. In fact, this is the first Honda model in Malaysia to be offered with this paint job. Other paint options of the BR-V include White Orchid Pearl, Passion Red Pearl, as well as the existing Modern Steel Metallic and Lunar Silver Metallic colours.
Beyond these changes, the facelifted BR-V is identical to the previous model. It soldiers on with the familiar 1.5L four-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC engine, which outputs 120hp and 145Nm of torque. It is also mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) just as before with drive sent to the front wheels.
Safety equipment of the updated BR-V remains the same as the pre-facelift model. These include driver and front passenger airbags, vehicle stability assist (VSA), traction control system (TCS), anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), and three-point seat belts for all seven seats.
The facelifted Honda BR-V is now available for purchase in Malaysia. To recap, the base E model costs RM89,900, while the more feature-packed V trim is priced at RM96,900. More information on the new MPV can be found on Honda Malaysia’s website.