Just recently, Honda Indonesia unveiled the all-new 2022 BR-V. This is the second-generation version of the said model, and a lot of exterior and interior improvements have been made. It is also based on the Honda N7X concept vehicle that many new outlets have been talking about for the past few months.
The first-gen Honda BR-V at the top, and the new 2022 BR-V model below
So, how does the new BR-V compare to the older, first-generation Honda BR-V?
2022 Honda BR-V Old vs New: Exterior
The first thing many of you will probably notice in comparing these two is the stark difference in design. Sure, the newer BR-V is still very much a family car, but it has gained a more macho and modern look.
The old Philippine-spec Honda BR-V has halogen headlamps, and 16-inch wheels, whereas the new one now comes with LED headlamps and 17-inch wheels. The rear portion of the car now looks more elegant with its clean and uncluttered design, though it also received a faux rear skid plate to round-up that SUV look.
Compare the old BR-V (left) with the new BR-V (right) using the slider
As for dimensions, the older model is 4,456mm long, 1,735mm wide, and 1,677mm in height. It also has a ground clearance of 201mm.
In comparison, the new 2022 Honda BR-V has a length of 4,490mm, a width of 1,780mm, and a height of 1,685mm. Its ground clearance then clocks in at 220mm.
To sum it up, the second-generation BR-V is not only more modern looking, but it is also a bit larger than the first-generation model.
2022 Honda BR-V Old vs New: Interior
As with the older model, the new 2022 BR-V retains the seven-seater seating arrangement. It also gets a seven-inch headunit, which despite being similar to the old one, is new according to Honda. All trims of the new BR-V also come with automatic climate control, whereas the old one’s lower-spec models had manual air-conditioning.
The old BR-V's cockpit
The gauge cluster is also new as the new rectangular 4.2-inch TFT screen digital trip computer and notification system is now positioned in-between the two larger gauges. In the old model, the said screen is circular and is positioned to the left of the speedometer.
The biggest change on the new BR-V however, is the presence of Honda Sensing. This means that the new model is now kitted out with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane keep assist, among others. These were not present on the older BR-V.
A peek into the new Honda BR-V's cockpit
And lastly, the new model is also equipped with smart entry, walk-away automatic door locks, remote engine starting, and power-folding side mirrors. The old model had a more conventional push-button start and door locking system, and manual-folding side mirrors.
2022 Honda BR-V Old vs New: Engine
Under the hood, the older BR-V uses a 1.5-liter L15Z1 inline-4 gasoline mill. It can make up to 118 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. For the Philippine-spec version, all variants came with continuously variable transmission (CVT), which had a paddle-shifter manual-mode on the top-spec BR-V V top-spec trim.
A view of the old Honda BR-V's rear end
In comparison, the new 2022 BR-V is powered by a 1.5-liter L15ZF inline-4 gasoline engine. It makes 119 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. It makes 1 horsepower more than the older engine, and it can also come with a CVT. Then again, the Indonesian version may also come with a five-speed manual gearbox.
Check out the new BR-V's rear. Looks more streamlined right?
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Know more about Honda BR-V 2021
Multinational conglomerate Honda fields the BR-V in the crossover-styled MPV segment. It may have a beefy and bold exterior, which is a crossover's clear characteristics, but technically, it remains an MPV. One of the significant advantages of the Honda BR-V against its competitors in the crossover segment is the number of seats that passengers can occupy. To be exact, this MPV can accommodate seven occupants. In the most recent update, Honda elevated the model’s appeal to the conscious Filipino car buyers. Technology-wise, the Honda BR-V is loaded with convenient features for both drivers and passengers. Powering this BR-V is the 1.5-liter i-VTEC gasoline mill with Continuously Variable Transmission developed by Honda Earth Dream Technology. It produces a maximum output of 118 horsepower and 145 Newton-meter of torque, making it the most powerful in its segment. The Honda BR-V is perfect for anyone who is on a tight budget. Honda Cars Philippines Inc. offers the Honda Accord in four variants, and they are the following: Honda BR-V 1.5S CVT, Honda BR-V 1.5S CVT Modulo, Honda BR-V 1.5V Navi CVT, and Honda BR-V 1.5V Navi CVT Modulo. Honda BR-V is available in six color options, namely Taffeta White, Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Passion Red Pearl, Platinum White Pearl, and Premium Amber Metallic.
Cesar G.B. Miguel