In what is possibly the most skeletal definition of a facelift, Honda Malaysia has given the BR-V said treatment and is now accepting orders for at all dealerships nationwide in lieu of the official launch this month for the seven-seater.
Cosmetics aside, the only significant upgrade with the refreshed BR-V would be the inclusion of keyless entry and a push-start button as standard kit on all variants.
The BR-V was developed exclusively by Honda R&D Asia Pacific (HRAP) for the Asean market and is also the first HRAP model in Malaysia. Since its launch in 2017, over 36,000 units were sold in the country as of January 2020. That’s a 45 per cent market share in 2019 to obviously make it the segment leader.
Apart from the standardised features, what else is new with the refreshed BR-V? Well, it’s mostly cosmetics. The front has a refreshed bumper coupled with a new grille, new lower bumper garnish and new fog light garnish. Flip it around and you’ll find that the rear has received a similar treatment courtesy of a new rear lower bumper garnish. New 16-inch wheels complete the exterior exercise.
Inside, have your mind blown and adrenaline pumped with new leather seats held together by the obligatory red accents.
No changes under the hood. You’ll have to make do with the same 118hp and 145Nm of torque from the 1.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC mill mated to a CVT.