Thursday, September 15, 2016
PIMS 2016: Honda Cars Philippines Previews BR-V; Deliveries Start in December (w/ Brochure)
The much-awaited Honda BR-V has been previewed at the Philippine International Motor Show or PIMS after a lengthy tease. The “Bold Runabout Vehicle” is a true definition of a crossover, fusing together elements of an SUV with that of an MPV. And get this: it’s designed to fit in the sizable price gap between the Mobilio and HR-V.
With deliveries starting in December, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is yet to announce the final pricing. However, sources indicate that it’s going to be “competitive” and will be somewhere in the one-million peso range.
While SRP remains speculative at this point, HCPI has finalized that the BR-V will be available in two variants: the 1.5 S CVT and 1.5 V Navi CVT.
It carries the “Active Solid Motion” design concept and is thus equipped with a masculine design that’s pretty much differentiated from the Mobilio on which it’s based on. Both variants feature projector-type headlamps with LED guide lights, front fog lamps, and a bumper skid garnish. At the side, it has silver-finished roof rails and 16-inch alloy wheels, and at the back, C-shaped LED tail lights.
Sporting a 201-millimeter ground clearance, the BR-V’s 2,662-mm wheelbase assures of generous space inside while its compact proportions: 4,456 mm x 1,735 mm x 1,665 mm (L x W x H) make it compact enough to be driven around in the urban environment.
Though the two variants look the same outside, inside, the 1.5 V Navi gains the additional luxury of leather seats, Smart Entry with push start, automatic climate control, and a touch screen display audio system with built-in Garmin navigation. Still, even on the entry-level variant, it’s rich with features including a touch screen display audio system, dual air conditioning, and a 3-row seating configuration with the second row folding in a 60/40 split reclining, folding, and tumbling and third row 50/50 reclining, folding, and tumbling.
The BR-V is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC SOHC engine shared with the Jazz and City. It generates the same 120 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. There’s only one transmission option and that’s the Earth Dreams Technology CVT transmission. The 1.5 V Navi gets the added convenience of paddle shifters as well.
In the safety department, the BR-V features dual SRS airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and vehicle stability assist (VSA) with hill start assist (HSA). Speed-sensing door locks also are standard as is ISOFIX child seat anchors for the second row.
The BR-V is now available for reservation at all Honda dealerships nationwide with the following colors: Taffeta White (1.5 S only), Crystal Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Premium Amber Metallic (1.5 V Navi only), and White Orchid Pearl (1.5 V Navi only).