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Honda has just unveiled the facelift Honda BR-V compact SUV. While the SUV was unveiled in Indonesia, it is expected to be launched in India by the end of this year. The facelift BR-V is available only in a petrol variant in Indonesia.
According to Cartoq, Honda plans to launch the facelift BR-V in both petrol and diesel variants in the Indian market. The current generation of the Honda BR-V is available with two engine options. First, there is a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that produces 117bhp of power and 145Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, and a CVT automatic.
The second is a 1.5-litre i-DTEC turbo charged diesel engine that produces 96.6bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. This engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The engine and transmission combination offered is also featured in the Honda City.
The Honda BR-V features a 7 seat layout - the only SUV to offer this in the segment. While the BR-V is much bigger than it's competition, it has not found too much success because of its design and styling. The facelift is meant to introduce some muscular styling. Noticeable changes include a re-worked grille and a sharper bumper in the front.
The rear end of the BR-V also features a sharper bumper but the rest of the vehicle is the same. The facelift appears to be a mid-cycle upgrade at best.
The interiors of the facelift BR-V sees some changes in terms of colour schemes. The layout of the interior remains the same. The BR-V gets twin airbags and ABS as a standard. The facelift SUV will also be BNVSAP compliant when it launches.
There are a few small changes that Honda has brought to the BR-V, but majority if the SUV remains the same. Honda is hoping that the smaller changes make a big difference and that the BR-V sales pick up after the facelift.
Honda is also launching another SUV, the HR-V in the Indian markets this year. The SUV is to be a 5 seater and Honda has positioned the HR-V in between the BR-V and the CR-V. The HR-V will be available in a petrol variant only. Once the HR-V is launched, Honda will have a presence in all parts of the SUV segment. Entry levels feature the WR-V, and the BR-V is featured in the compact SUV segment. The HR-V will compete with the Tata Harrier-Jeep Compass segment and the CR-V is part of the Toyota Fortuner segment.
Thoughts About The Facelift Honda BR-V
Not a very successful model for Honda, but we have seen small changes make huge differences in the past. A lot of manufacturers have turned tables around for models by making small changes. We hope this works for Honda.