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It’s been more than a year since the Honda BR-V first made its debut, and it has since made its way to neighbouring markets like Indonesia and Thailand. Now, the seven-seater SUV has landed on Malaysian shores as part of a preview at the Mines International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC).

The BR-V’s arrival has been heralded for some time now, with a recent sighting of the model on our roads recently confirming it. No indication on when the car’s official launch will happen, but expect it to be soon.

Anyways, the BR-V’s design should be familiar to many by now but here’s a refresher anyway. Essentially a crossover variation of the Mobilio MPV, the BR-V measures 4,455 mm long, 1,735 mm wide and 1,650 mm tall, with a 2,660 mm-long wheelbase. It also comes with a ground clearance of just over 200 mm.

While it may be based on the Mobilio, the BR-V gets its own design cues, including a redesigned Solid Wing Face grille, projector headlamps (with DRLs), hood and fog lamps. Down the sides, the Mobilio’s creases continue to be evident here, accompanied by 16-inch alloys. Meanwhile at the rear, there are new taillights, with finishing touches include faux skid plates at the front and back, a reverse camera, along with roof rails.

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Inside, the BR-V retains the Mobilio’s dashboard layout, with trapezoidal-shaped air-con vents, triple-section instrument binnacle and centre stack. The latter hosts the BR-V’s double-DIN headunit (with the usual media inputs) and a manual air-con system. The car seen here appears to be the high-spec version, judging from the leather seats found in the cabin.

Of course, the seven seats are the main draw of the BR-V, all of which come with three-point safety belts. The ones in the second (60:40 split-folding) and third row (50:50 split-folding) can be easily tilted and tumbled to allow for up to 539 litres of boot space.

Honda also claims the BR-V’s last-row accommodation is the best in its class for those who prefer to carry human cargo. Rear air-conditioning ensures that those in the back remain comfortable as well.

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Powering the BR-V is a 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine as seen on the Jazz and City, which outputs 120 PS and 145 Nm of torque, with drive being directed to the front wheels via an Earth Dreams CVT.

Safety-wise, the BR-V has managed to achieve a five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating for models fitted with electronic stability control (ESC). When tested, the model scored 14.79 points out of a possible 16 points in adult occupant protection with a 72% compliance in terms of child occupant protection.

Prices remain a mystery for now but as the BR-V is positioned below the HR-V, it should provide some indication as to how much you will have to fork out. The general public will also be able to view the BR-V at various roadshows nationwide, and you can get more information, as well as register your interest, here. You can also read our first review of the SUV, here.

Headlamps equipped with DRL | All-New BR-V

The All-New BR-V headlamps are equipped with daytime running lights so you can drive clearly day and night. You can check it out now at the Malaysia Auto Show 2016!

Posted by Honda Malaysia on Thursday, 10 November 2016