Following its appearance at the 2015 Thailand Motor Expo, the Honda BR-V has officially gone on sale in Thailand with two variants on offer. Prices start at 750,000 baht (RM86,600) for the V variant, whereas the SV variant is priced at 820,000 baht (RM94,600).
Under the hood of both variants is the same 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder petrol engine (as seen on the Jazz and City) providing 117 hp at 6,000 rpm and 146 Nm of torque at 4,700 rpm. The mill is paired to an Earth Dreams CVT, with drive being directed to the front wheels.
On the exterior, the BR-V features projector headlights with LED positioning lights, plus C-shaped LED tail lights and roof rails, which is fitted as standard on all models. Five colours are also offered for the body – white, grey, black, brown and silver.
Inside, the BR-V gets a Jazz and City-style dashboard design along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel from the previous-generation City and Jazz. Creature comforts include keyless operation, automatic air-conditioning and a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with iOS, Android, HDMI, USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
The kicker here is related to the number of seats available. Here, the Thai-market BR-V is available in both five- and seven-seater configurations, depending on the variant chosen. The V variant comes with two rows of seats, accommodating to five passengers, with the second row seats able to split in a 60:40 fashion and can be adjusted for recline.
If you require more seats, the SV variant is the one to have. Here, there are seven seats available with the addition of third row seating. Honda say that there is an ample amount of legroom for third-row passengers. It also adds that the third-row seats are 50:50 split folding and can be removed altogether to maximise cargo space. For comfort, second-row air-con vents are also fitted.
On the safety side of things, vehicle stability assist (VSA), ABS with EBD, dual SRS front airbags all come as standard. There is also a rearview camera for added convenience.
With the arrival of the Honda BR-V in Thailand, it shouldn’t be too long until Malaysians can get their hands on the ‘Active Sport Crossover’. Will you prefer the five- or seven-seater option? Let us know in the comments below.