After a grand teaser at the 2022 Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) where the Honda BR-V drew the attention of crowds, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) finally launched the seven-seater into the market.
The 2023 Honda BR-V is all-new with a new exterior, interior, engine, and features which brings the seven-seater to the next level. There will be four variants in the lineup which include the S MT, S CVT, V CVT, and the top-of-the-line VX CVT.
The exterior design of the Honda BR-V has a new SUV-like look. Honda’s new design language takes a boxier but more modern form, similar to what’s been done so far with the Civic and City. Honda has done well to modernize the exterior of the BR-V, opting for broad and muscular shapes all throughout. The BR-V’s dimensions come in at 4,490mm long, 1,780mm wide, and 1685mm tall, on a wheelbase that is 2,700mm, with a ground clearance of 207mm.
All variants of the BR-V will receive LED headlights in the front which is a massive improvement over the halogen units that we got used to in the previous generation. Foglights will be available in the CVT variants as well as a set of 17-inch alloy wheels. It’s only the top-spec VX variant that will get a different trim from the rest of the lineup, with gloss black being the accent color of choice at the top of the range.
As for colors, the BR-V will get five color options throughout its lineup. Buyers will get to choose between Taffeta White (S MT and S CVT), Lunar Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl (V CVT and S CVT), Meteoroid Gray Metallic, and Premium Opal White Silver Pearl (V CVT and VX CVT).
Interior and tech
The BR-V gets an all-new interior design for this generation. Now in line with other models in the lineup, the BR-V features new touches on the dashboard, new interfaces like the gauge cluster, a new steering wheel, USB ports and power outlets, seating for seven, leather for the V and VX variants, and a new 7-inch infotainment system that features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard for all variants.
Other tech features include a standard reverse camera for the whole lineup, push start and remote engine start for the CVT variants, smart entry for the V and VX trims, a six-speaker audio system for V and VX trims, automatic climate control for the V and VX trims, and finally, Honda Sensing for the VX variant.
The Honda Sensing package is a full-featured suite of sensors that enhance safety for the driver and the passengers. The suite has Adaptive Cruise Control, Auto High Beam, Lead Car Departure Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keeping Assist System, and Road Departure Mitigation with Lane Departure Warning. The BR-V also includes Lane Watch, which puts a camera on the passenger side mirror to help eliminate blind spots for the driver. On top of that, the BR-V also gets side curtain airbags for the VX trim and even a rear seat reminder.
As for the rest of the standard features, you can expect a brand-new gauge cluster for the 2023 model year of the BR-V which shows you two gauges and a TFT display in the center for other important driving information. All BR-V variants will be equipped with seven seats and the interior cargo volumes are 244 liters with the third row up, 530 liters with the third row down, and 1,032 liters with the second row folded.
Chassis and powertrain
The new BR-V features a suspension setup with a MacPherson strut in the front and a torsion beam in the rear. You get ventilated brake discs in the front and a drum brake in the rear. The vehicle also features electronic power steering to turn either its 16-inch steel wheels with hub caps, or its 17-inch alloy wheels.
As for its engine, the BR-V comes with a 1.5-liter DOHC naturally-aspirated inline-four gasoline engine that produces 119 hp and 145 Nm of torque mated to either a CVT or a six-speed manual transmission. The VX variant gets paddle shifters to play around with the ratios in the CVT. Power is sent from the engine to the front wheels and the fuel tank capacity of the BR-V comes in at 42 liters.
Honda is also making a big deal out of the engine’s fuel efficiency. The 1.5-liter engine is also found in the new Honda City and the Honda HR-V and it can deliver up to 24.7 km/L, a figure which is based on the Honda AAP Eco Run 2022.
Price and availability
The new Honda BR-V will be available starting today. Honda Philippines already announced its launch prices which are as follows:
- All-New BR-V 1.5 S MT: PHP 1,090,000
- All-New BR-V 1.5 S CVT: PHP 1,150,000
- All-New BR-V 1.5 V CVT: PHP 1,295,000
- All-New BR-V 1.5 VX CVT Honda SENSING: PHP 1,390,000
The price starts at about P1.1 million and tops out at just under P1.4 million. Each variant is separated by about P60,000 to P100,000, which is quite expensive given the MPV segment has matured quite a bit over the last few years. The BR-V is poised to offer consumers an affordable yet premium MPV experience in the segment and the model’s legion of fans will
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