Last week, Honda gave the BR-V a facelift. Here's a visual pictorial comparison between the facelifted Honda BR-V and the pre-facelift Honda BR-V.
The new 2019 Honda BR-V comes with minor cosmetics updates in the form of redesigned bumpers, new headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, a new radiator grille, new under spoilers, new fog lamp garnish and new diamond-cut 16-inch alloy wheels. The new faux skid plates give a more assertive look to the exterior.
As for the interior, the design has remained unchanged. However, the mid-cycle refresh has brought new leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, new leather pad on door armrest and new leather-trimmed seats have to the Honda BR-V.
Mechanically, the facelifted Honda BR-V is no different from the pre-facelift model. The Indonesian-spec model still runs on the same 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that pushes out 120 PS of maximum power at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of peak torque at 4,600 rpm. The engine works with a standard 6-speed MT or an optional CVT.
In India, the BR-V comes with a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine also, which churns out 100 PS at 3,600 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. Honda plans on upgrading this BS-IV mill to BS-VI by March 2020.
Like the Mobilio, the BR-V isn't a popular model in India. It remains to be seen whether Honda gives it a facelift and continues selling it, or just drops it in the original form the same way it discontinued the Mobilio here. To put things in perspective, Honda sells close to 500 to 600 units of BR-V, while Maruti Suzuki sells over about 7,000 units of 2019 Ertiga every month.