GIIAS 2019: Honda BR-V facelift, truly a minor change

GIIAS 2019: Honda BR-V facelift, truly a minor change

The Honda BR-V received a mid-life facelift in April, after slightly over three years in the market. Of course, the first country to receive the update was MPV-loving Indonesia, where the seven-seater goes up against the Toyota Rush, Daihatsu Terios, Mitsubishi Xpander and Nissan Livina tag teams. All are essentially three-row budget people carriers with a touch of SUV in their styling, more overtly so for the Rush-Terios.

It’s clear where the inspiration for this facelift comes from. The BR-V’s CR-V-inspired front end receives a black bar across the nose to replace the previous chrome one. There’s still one thin chrome strip linking the headlamps, but the visual effect is of a larger, bolder grille. The projector headlamps appear similar, but there are new (for Indonesia, we already have it) LED daytime running light strips.

It might look similar at a glance, but the bumper has been re-profiled. The side borders now have a vent-like look and they point up towards the headlamps, as opposed to inside towards the grille. The fog lamp surrounds and silver “skid plate” look a lot more elaborate than before.

GIIAS 2019: Honda BR-V facelift, truly a minor change

Those changes are mimicked at the rear, which gets a fancier-looking silver “diffuser” section and bumper side borders that are now filled with vertical reflectors. The reflectors were previously at the lowest part of the bumper, flanking the “diffuser”. The bridge linking the tail lamps is now in chrome. Rounding up the exterior changes are new design 16-inch two-tone alloys.

Some of the changes above are applicable to the top Prestige variant only. We spotted an E-spec car (white car in the gallery, one rung below the Prestige) with an additional chrome bar on the grille, no “wings” for the front/rear skid plates (which is part of an aerokit), a more simple wheel design (both are 16-inch), and red trim bridging the tail lamps. The rear wing on the Prestige is more elaborate, too.

Inside, the dashboard design remains, but Indonesia now gets a Civic FD-style steering wheel that matches Malaysian-spec BR-Vs. Look closer and you’ll find new tweeter speakers, new dashboard trim (brushed grey piece on the passenger side) and an auto function for the air con, which Malaysian BR-Vs already have.

Honda aimed for a sportier feel, and the top spec car’s black-themed cabin gets black leather-trimmed seats with a red spine. That’s matched with red leather pads on the door armrests, and leather wrapping for the steering and gear knob, with red stitching. Honda Indonesia also highlights thicker second row seat cushions and a new centre headrest for the middle row. There’s also a driver seat height adjuster, which we already get in Malaysia.

New equipment for the Indonesia-spec BR-V includes an eight-inch “floating” capacitive touch screen head unit with WebLink (smartphone mirroring) and keyless entry with push start. However, the airbag count is still two, supplemented by ABS, VSA and hill start assist.

The Civic FD steering is reserved for the Prestige, along with things such as leather and red stitching (steering and gear knob), the red leather door armrest pads, leather seats, the new head unit (E gets a 6.1-inch item) and auto air con, among other things.

No change to the powertrain, which links up a 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine (120 PS, 145 Nm) with a CVT automatic or six-speed manual gearbox. Unlike the Rush and Terios, power goes to the front wheels here.

Four variants of the 2019 BR-V facelift is available in Indonesia – the S MT at Rp 238 juta (RM70,273), the E MT at Rp 252.5 juta (RM74,559), the E CVT at Rp 262.5 juta (RM77,512), and the Prestige CVT at Rp 279.5 juta (RM82,532).

Six colours are available, and they are Tafetta White, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Coffee Cherry Red Metallic and the signature Premium Amber Metallic seen here. The latter two hues are reserved for E and Prestige trim levels. No major changes here, really, and nothing to steal the limelight from the newer people movers mentioned above.

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Danny Tan

Danny Tan loves driving as much as he loves a certain herbal meat soup, and sweet engine music as much as drum beats. He has been in the auto industry since 2006, previously filling the pages of two motoring magazines before joining this website. Enjoys detailing the experience more than the technical details.



  • Nice color Amber metallic aka dodol brown here.

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    • Asam pedas on Jul 19, 2019 at 3:12 pm

      The BR-V is trully a game changing SUV. Together with game changing Aruz, it have complete safety, reliable engine, top quality, modern rugged design and most importantly high RV. Already people buy the game changing Aruz, once this FL comes here then X70 will be game over.

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  • aires on Jul 19, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    The best 7 seater suv in the Market

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  • Dylan Ch'ng on Jul 19, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Would love to see the Avanza and Xenia even though Malaysia already recived the latest facelift.

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  • So their FL is just getting the same equipment we already have here.

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