The BR-V (Bold Runabout Vehicle) has just arrived in Malaysia with a lengthy ‘song and dance’ routine in the 12 months leading it up to its arrival. We say this because after the BR-V saw huge success in Thailand, Indonesia and India a year ago, the local online motoring community were quick to share news of its sales success and smart phone using Malaysians were sure this Honda crossover would come immediately to town. Well, Honda Malaysia were patient in ensuring the BR-V first met with with all local conditions and even more important, the final Malaysian version of the BR-V ticked all the right boxes for sales success.
A Little BR-V History
To start, the BR-V boasts a Bold and Sporty Stance, Best in Class Ground Clearance, Powerful Performance, Excellent Mileage and Highly Versatile Premium Interior with a 3-row configuration. A complete recipe for success. The BR-V was developed at Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. located in Bangkok, Thailand. This crossover has been designed with results obtained from extensive market surveys in India and other Asian markets for people’s needs of an SUV with additional value.
The BR-V in Malaysia comes with one sensible engine which is Honda’s extremely popular 16-Valve, 4-Cylinder 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The BR-V’s 1.5L i-VTEC Petrol Engine delivers maximum power of 120bhp @ 6,600 rpm, maximum torque of 145Nm @4,600 rpm and best in class economy of 16 km/l in CVT version.
The exterior design of Honda BR-V is striking which reflects toughness and a proper crossover character. Sporting a bold and wide stance from the front, the exterior styling is highlighted by Projector Headlamps, Front Grill Design and LED headlamps. Purpose designed roof rails of the BR-V accentuate the sporty appeal of the vehicle. The tough sporty and premium wide feel is further enhanced by the Connected tail light design with LED Light Guide at the rear. The uniquely styled all-new 16-inch aluminium wheels emphasises the ruggedness of the BR-V.
The BR-V interiors boast of a Sporty All Black Color Theme, Modern Dashboard Design, High quality material and a Highly Versatile, comfortable and spacious 3 row cabin. The Honda BR-V features a host of advanced interior equipment including the Push Button Start with Smart Entry, Integrated Bluetooth Audio System and Steering mounted controls for Audio and Automatic Air Conditioner to provide more convenience for the consumers. The Multi Information Display (MID) allows the driver to monitor all important trip and vehicle information including Driving Range, Instantaneous and Average Fuel Efficiency, Ambient Temperature and Time. Further, an Eco lamp provides feedback to the driver during fuel-efficient driving.
The outstanding package of the BR-V is based on Honda’s Man Maximum Machine Minimum concept to create Maximum space for the occupants offering significantly high Headroom, Legroom and Kneeroom.
At 4456 mm long, 1735 mm wide & 1666 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2662 mm, efficient use of space has been made to create an ultra-spacious cabin. The 2nd Row seat features a 60:40 Split with Slide and Recline option to enable customers adjust the space as per their convenience. The 3rd row seat is a 50:50 spilt folding type which can be reclined for extra comfort. Once fold flat, the 3rd row seat can be quickly and conveniently tumbled forward to maximize the cargo space. The base cargo area for BR-V is a generous 223L which can be enhanced to 691L in the 3rd row fold configuration. Entry and exit for the third row is very convenient due to the one-touch tumble second-row seat. In addition, BR-V has Adjustable Headrests on all 3 rows. The Roof Mounted Rear Air Conditioner is positioned between the first and second row seats to optimize the air flow in all areas, ensuring maximum comfort for all passengers, no matter where they are seated.
Driving The BR-V
The Minimum Turning Radius of 5.3m makes the BR-V highly manoeuvrable and convenient for city driving. Drivers can be confident in the BR-V even when facing bad roads and stormy weather owing to its ground clearance of 210 mm. The BR-V chassis provides good ride comfort and smooth & agile handling. It features a McPherson Strut suspension in the front and Torsion beam rear suspension, which dramatically improves driving stability and ride comfort. The Electric Power Steering aids the driver to steer the car with less effort and gives better handling. The engine is surprisingly confident even with 5-adults on board and luggage in the rear. We are sure 7 passengers on board for city and highway commuting will be easily done.
Honda BR-V embraces a comprehensive approach to vehicle safety that provides a high level of both active and passive occupant protection. The Honda BR-V comes loaded with active and passive safety technologies including Front Dual SRS airbags as Standard Offering on both grades, Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) which prevents wheel lock during sudden braking; Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) which enhances braking performance and Pretentioner seat belts with load limiters.