Honda’s first introduction for 2017 came in early January, with the official launch of the BR-V. Offered in two variants – E and V – we now bring you a detailed gallery of the latter, so you can see almost every aspect of the high-riding, seven-seat SUV (or crossover according to Honda folk).

The “Bold Runabout Vehicle” is built on a stretched version of the Brio platform, which is also used by the Mobilio MPV. In terms of dimensions, the BR-V measures 4,456 mm long, 1,735 mm wide and 1,666 mm tall, with a 2,662 mm wheelbase. The vehicle also features a ground clearance of 201 mm to reflect its more rugged persona when compared to the Mobilio.

At the front, Honda’s Solid Wing Face grille is flanked by a pair of halogen projector headlamps that come with LED DRLs, which we were told are unique to the Malaysian market, according to the BR-V’s large project leader, Atsushi Arisaka. Fog lamps with chrome surrounds and a faux skid plate are exclusive items on the V.

Down the sides, the BR-V comes with black plastic cladding on the wheel arches and near the door sills, roof rails, as well as 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels (with Bridgestone Ecopia EP150 195/60 section tyres). The V variant gets additional chrome elements compared to the E, as seen on the door handles and near the door sills.

At the rear, the taillights are linked by a red trim piece that runs across the liftgate, while just below it, a large chrome trim piece hosts the V-only reverse camera. Much like the front, the lower section of the BR-V’s rear features a skid plate, finished in silver as well. The full-size spare tyre is located under the car, where you need to undo a screw or two to extract.

Inside, there’s leather on the seats and door armrests, along with a water print matte dashboard trim piece. Elsewhere, there’s a 6.1-inch touchscreen display audio system that is linked to a four-speaker system, and offers a myriad of connectivity options – Bluetooth, AUX, USB and HDMI.

Just below that, you’ll find the switchgear for the car’s automatic air-conditioning system, which also feeds air to passengers at the rear via ceiling-mounted vents (with a manual fan speed adjuster) in the second row.

As you can see, the BR-V’s second row 60:40 split seats can be configured into various positions either via sliding them, folding them or tumbling them. The latter can be done via a one-touch process and helps to provide easier access to the third row.

Speaking of the third row, the 50:50 split seats back there can be folded down or tumbled before being hooked to the second row’s headrests. In doing so, the 223 litres of base cargo-carrying capacity will be further expanded to 539 litres.

For motivation, the BR-V gets a 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC petrol engine with 120 PS at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm with drive being directed to the front wheels via an Earth Dreams CVT that features an expanded ratio range for better usability.

Safety-wise, the five-star ASEAN NCAP safety-rated BR-V comes with dual front airbags, three-point seatbelts for all seven seats, Isofix child seat mounts in the second row, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), ABS, EBD, Hill Start Assist (HSA), reverse sensors and a reverse camera.

The top-spec V variant of the BR-V retails at RM92,800 (RM90,013 without insurance), and comes inclusive of a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty, plus a free service interval package. Five exterior body colours are offered here – Taffeta White, Golden Brown Metallic (new addition), Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Dark Ruby Red Pearl.

Those looking for our thoughts on the BR-V can refer to our first drive impressions of the seven-seat SUV, here, as well as our recent excursion to Thailand where we had the chance to spend a bit more time in the BR-V. As always, you can find full details on all BR-V variants on CarBase.my. You can also get the best offers on the Honda BR-V on CarBase.my.