Honda BR-V 2022 for Thailand – 7-seater MPV; 121 PS 1.5L NA, CVT; standard Honda Sensing, en RM113k is

After going on sale in Indonesia last November (the initial reveal came earlier), the second-generation Honda BR-V has now been announced for Thailand, where it will be offered in two variants.

The starting point is the E, which has an estimated retail price of 930,000 baht (RM112,776), while the top-end EL is expected to sell for 980,000 baht (RM118,839). These projected prices are higher than the first-generation model offered in the kingdom, which was previously priced between 765,000 and 835,000 baht (RM92,769 and RM101,258) in its V and SV variants.

Of course, the all-new BR-V is much more sophisticated than the original, both in terms of design and standard equipment. The all-new minivan was previewed by the N7X concept and features a more refined (and rugged) look, while occupying a larger footprint.

Coming off the tape measure, the second generation model is 4,490mm long, 1,780mm wide, 1,685mm tall and has a wheelbase that stretches to 2,695mm. For context, the BR-V we have here is 4,457mm long, 1,735mm wide, 1,677mm high and its wheelbase only extends to 2,662mm.

Both variants of the BR-V in Thailand will be powered by the same engine, which is a naturally aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that produces 121bhp at 6,600rpm and 145Nm of torque at 4,300rpm /min. As standard, the DOHC i-VTEC mill drives the front wheels via a CVT.

In terms of equipment, the E receives 16-inch wheels (with 215/60 profile tires), electric power steering, ventilated disc brakes at the front and drum brakes at the rear, headlights with Automatic LEDs, LED daytime running lights, chrome exterior door handles as well as electric adjustment. exterior mirrors with integrated indicators.

Inside, the base option comes with a 4.2-inch multi-info instrument cluster display, two-tone leather upholstery (black and mocha grey), automatic climate control (with air vents in the rear ceiling), keyless entry and start (with Honda Smart Key and remote engine start), a seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), a leather multifunction steering wheel and four speakers.

The EL naturally gets more bits on top of the E, including larger 17-inch wheels (with 215/55 profile tires), piano black grille, LED front fog lamps, automatic folding side mirrors, paddle shifters, all black leather upholstery combination, two additional speakers for a total of six as well as additional convenience features (illuminated vanity mirrors, more electrical accessory sockets and pockets on the backs of the front seats).

The higher (estimated) prices are somewhat justified when you consider that the Honda Sensing suite is standard across the BR-V range. Standard fit includes Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation System with Lane Departure Warning (RDM with LDW ), automatic high beam (AHB), adaptive cruise control (ACC) and the lead car. Departure notification system (LCDN).

Also part of the Honda LaneWatch safety and driver assistance list, a seat belt reminder system for all seats, a rear view camera, passive systems (VSA, ABS, EBD, brake assist, on hill start, automatic locking) and a minimum of four airbags – the EL gets additional side curtain airbags for a total of six.

In Thailand, the BR-V will be available in three colors, namely Premium Sunlight White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl and Taffeta White. As you would expect, a range of Modulo accessories are also offered to customers including tailgate trim, windscreens, front fender trim, stainless steel tailpipe trim, trim side mirror and sun visors for second row passengers.

After the HR-V, the BR-V is expected to be the next model Honda Malaysia will launch here, although there has been no indication as to when that will be. For now, what do you think of the Thai specs of the MPV? What do you expect if and when the BR-V gets here? There’s no shortage of competition for the BR-V when it arrives, with the Toyota Veloz and even the later Perodua Alza (if we expand the price bracket) being notable rivals.

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