Honda has augmented its crossover/SUV line-up in South Africa with the introduction of the BR-V. Here are specifications and pricing for the newcomer…
With more consumers opting for SUVs and crossovers to meet their familial needs, a flurry of new products are on offer and Honda has now expanded its SUV offering with the launch of its BR-V. Until now, Honda has offered the larger CR-V and the mid-size HR-V in South Africa and the BR-V will now slot in below the HR-V, offering seating for up to 7 passengers. The BR-V is built on the same platform as the Mobilio MPV and Brio hatchback.
Exterior & interior styling
The exterior styling of the new BR-V includes Honda’s familiar chrome cross bar on the nose, accompanied by sleek-looking headlights. Being a small SUV, the BR-V features a raised ride height as well as front and rear bumper trim for added ruggedness. The BR-V is fitted with roof rails and 16-inch wheels are standard.
On the inside, the BR-V features a third row of seating that takes the maximum passenger capacity up to seven. Access is made easy with split seats that can be tumbled at the pull of a lever. Buyers can configure seating positions according to their passenger and luggage requirements and the BR-V is offered with three trim levels to choose from including Trend, Comfort and Elegance.
The BR-V in Trend trim offers air-conditioning, front and rear electric windows, keyless entry, four-speaker sound system, USB port and Bluetooth as standard.
The BR-V compact SUV is available in four colours including White Orchid, Urban Titanium, Alabaster Silver and Carnelian Red.
All BR-V derivatives are powered by the same four-cylinder 1.5-litre engine with 88 kW and 145 Nm of torque on offer. In terms of transmissions, buyers can choose between a 6-speed manual gearbox or opt for the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The CVT comes with steering-mounted shift paddles, allowing the driver to manipulate the CVT’s ratios.
Safety features for the BR-V include ABS and dual front airbags.
Look out for our Honda BR-V first drive report coming your way this week!
Honda BR-V – Price in South Africa
1.5 Trend Manual R238 900
1.5 Comfort Manual R252 900
1.5 Comfort CVT R268 300
1.5 Elegance Manual R272 900
1.5 Elegance CVT R288 300
Pricing includes a 5-year/200 000 km warranty and 3-year Roadside Assistance. Comfort and Elegance models benefit from a 2-year/30 000 km service plan with services set at 15 000 km.
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