Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has finally announced its never-before-seen model that will make its debut in the Philippines soon. The next-generation 2023 Honda BR-V has been unveiled at the 8th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS), and HCPI aims to officially launch the model in the Philippines before the end of the year.
The next-generation 2023 Honda BR-V shares nearly the same design as the N7X Concept that served as its preview. It’s now a handsome and well-proportioned crossover than the model it replaces. Upfront, there’s an enlarged Solid Wing Face grille that’s flanked by LED headlights. The side profile looks better proportioned as well due to the straightening of the previous model’s awkward window line kink. At the rear, the tailgate now features a cleaner and more cohesive look, and it comes with similar LED taillights from the Honda City.
Honda has also given the BR-V a more straightforward interior design. The overall aesthetic is cleaner and more modern. A soft-touch padded dashboard is seen in the vehicle that’s currently displayed at PIMS, giving it a more premium vibe compared to the outgoing model. Also present is an 8-inch touch screen infotainment, as well as digital aircon controls.
Despite its new exterior, the 2023 Honda BR-V is still powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine that produces 121 hp and 145 Nm of torque. This is then mated to either a manual or a CVT, depending on the variant. However, since the previous model never came with a manual in the Philippines, there’s a high chance we still won’t get a manual BR-V anytime soon.
Perhaps the biggest upgrade that was made to the all-new BR-V is the addition of Honda Sensing. This bundles automatic emergency braking, radar-guided adaptive cruise control (the only one in its class), lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and a lead vehicle start alert, which notifies drivers if the vehicle in front has moved ahead. This makes the BR-V the safest in its segment. Honda Sensing comes on top of the usual suite of airbags, hill start assist, electronic stability control, and Honda’s own LaneWatch blind spot camera.
Be one of the first to see the 2023 Honda BR-V at PIMS from today until September 18. Pricing and final specifications have not yet been announced, but HCPI is aiming to officially launch the model in the Philippines before the end of 2022.