As Honda’s second-best selling model in the lineup, the Honda BR-V has successfully proven itself as a worthwhile entry into the compact carrier segment. For 2019, Honda has introduced some notable changes that focus on enhancing the BR-V’s exterior styling, as well as some changes inside as well.
Giving the BR-V a bolder, more masculine exterior are wider front bumpers and a new grille design with a chrome finish. New LED daytime running lights have also been introduced to the 1.5 V CVT variant, while both 1.5 V and 1.5 S variants retain halogen headlights and fog lamps. The BR-V also gets new 16” alloy wheels, and a newly designed rear bumper for a wider stance.
Inside, both variants receive a seven-inch touchscreen, with the 1.5 V variant getting a slightly improved version with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Both variants of the BR-V are now equipped with reverse cameras. To add a touch of luxury to the 1.5 V variant, new leather seats now feature red accents, complementing red leather accents to the door panel armrests. Red stickers can also be found on the steering wheel and shift knob. The interior’s color scheme for both variants has been changed to a color Honda calls Dark Steel, as opposed to the plain black interior from the previous model.
The new Honda BR-V continues to be powered by the same 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine that produces 120 hp and 145 Nm of torque, mated to Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology CVT transmission. The 1.5 V variant continues its use of a push start system, together with paddle shifters for manual control.
When it comes to safety, Honda’s new BR-V is built with Honda’s G-force Control (G-CON) Collision Safety Body that dissipates G-forces in the event of a crash and disperses it away from the vehicle’s occupants on impact. In addition, both variants feature driver and front passenger SRS airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, hill start assist, vehicle stability assist, and speed-sending automatic door locks as standard.
The BR-V is now available at all 38 Honda dealerships nationwide and comes in six colors: Platinum White Pearl and Passion Red Pearl are available for the 1.5 V variant and Taffeta White is only available for the 1.5 S variant, while Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, and Premium Amber Metallic are available to both.
The Honda BR-V 1.5 S CVT is priced at P 1,035,000, while the top-of-the-line V variant is priced at P 1,155,000.
By Chris Van Hoven