The Honda BR-V has proved a hit since its launch back in 2016. In fact, it's the country's second best-selling Honda model in the Philippines, just behind the City. We're even making them here too. Now, there's an updated model over in Indonesia, and it could be the version that will roll out of our factory gates soon.
As with any refresh, there are changes worth talking about. In the case of the 2019 BR-V, here are ten.
First off, there's a new front bumper. Its corners are now more defined and also features a sharper-looking pair of foglight housings, as well as a tweaked center air intake. Second is the grill, which has two more slats and the honeycomb pattern has been removed. The final change to the front are the headlights, now with a different LED daytime running light pattern.
There are two more differences soon when view the BR-V from the side. Most noticeable are the redesigned alloy wheels. Its diameter, on the other hand, is retained at 16-inches. A closer look at the 2019 BR-V also reveals new side sills, which appear to be thicker than before. At the rear, it gains a reshaped bumper which integrates a reflector on each corner.
All in all, there are six changes to be seen in the exterior, but what about the inside?
Drivers who want to sit up high will be pleased to know that the BR-V now comes with a seat height adjuster. The audio system has also been given a bit of an update and gains a pair of tweeters integrated on the doors. There are some trim changes on the dash, and there's more leather to be seen inside.
So that covers the ten changes the 2019 Honda BR-V got. As for the rest of the car, the engine is carried over from the current model. That means it sticks to the tried and tested 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine, making 120 PS and 145 Nm of torque. Interestingly, the Indonesian-spec BR-V is available with a five-speed manual transmission but it isn't likely that it will be offered here.
It is also worth noting that Honda Cars Philippines began assembling the BR-V locally, that means the specs from the Indonesian version might not be exactly the same as the Philippine version when Honda PH comes out with the updated model.