Honda Atlas Cars Pakistan Limited (HACPL) has finally launched the facelift version of its compact crossover SUV BR-V at a launch event held at Royal Palm Golf and Country Club, Lahore on 12th October 2019.
For over the last 15 days, the auto manufacturer has been releasing several teasers for its customers for something new coming their way. As expected, it was the BR-V facelift version that the company has revealed in its launch event in Lahore. However, very few changes in BR-V were expected from Honda Atlas, but surprisingly, that’s not the case. The Japanese auto giant has come up with various changes in the design as well as features under the skin of BR-V. Honda Atlas is one of those major auto manufacturers in the country which is yet to provide the basic safety feature of airbags in its iconic City model. On this occasion, the company has equipped its facelift model of BR-V with several safety features. On the other hand, the company had already started taking bookings of this model at a revised price a few days ago. It is imperative to mention here that the auto manufacturer has introduced BR-V facelift in only two variants, i.e., one manual and one CVT. Previously, BR-V was available in three variants, i.e., one manual and two CVT trims. The compact SUV is the same in terms of engine and transmission, whereas all the changes have been made to the exterior and interior of the vehicle with some added features.
Both the variants are equipped with the same 4-cylinder 1.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC engine mated to either a 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). The 1497 cc powered BR-V has an electronic fuel injection system, and its engine can produce a maximum output power of 88 kW at 6600 rpm and a maximum torque of 145 Nm. The compact SUV has front ventilated disc brakes along with rear drum brakes.
Now let’s have a look at the new features introduced by Honda Atlas in its BR-V as 2019 facelift model. The changes made in the respective variants of BR-V will be mentioned later in this story.
There are several changes and new additions introduced in the facelift model of BR-V, which are mentioned below:
- High ground clearance:
The compact crossover now comes with an improved ground clearance of 201 mm, which protects the under-carriage of the vehicle from rough terrains.
- Rear Chrome Garnish:
BR-V is now equipped with a reflective rear chrome garnish bar, which adds more styling to the vehicle.
- Power Retractable Side Mirrors:
It is provided with power retractable and adjustable side mirrors integrated with turn signals.
- 16-inch dual-tone Alloy Wheels:
The 7-seater BR-V has been upgraded with a new style of dual-tone 16-inch alloy wheels, which offers a stylish outlook.
- Auto projector headlamps with daytime running lights:
The headlamps of BR-V are installed with auto-projector headlights, which offer better illumination and hence improve visibility at night. The daytime running lights add incredible styling to the vehicle.
- Fog lights:
The fog lights are now a part of the CVT variant of BR-V, which enhances visibility in poor weather conditions.
- Door visors:
The automaker is now providing door visor as a company fitted option in BR-V.
Other new and improved features on the exterior of the vehicle include the following:
- LED taillights
- Rear Reflector
- Chrome Door Handles
- Shark Fin Antenna
Interior, Comfort, and Convenience:
Honda Atlas has also introduced many new features inside the cabin that enhances the user experience and adds more convenience. The new features of Honda BR-V are given below:
- Smart Entry with Push Start Button
- CVT with Illuminated Pattern
- Eco Indicator
- Centre Console
- 4 USB Charging Ports in CVT variant and 2 in MT
- Step Garnish
- Driver seat height adjuster
- Front Cup Holder
- Rear Door Pocket
- Front door pocket
Safety and security features:
The auto manufacturer has also improved the safety of the passengers as well as security in the facelift version of BR-V. It is equipped with GCON + ACE as an advanced safety feature that minimizes the injury in case of a collision due to the balanced distribution of collision force. It also includes the following:
- Dual front SRS Airbags (driver + passenger)
- G-CON + ACE
- Immobilizer anti-theft system
- Anti-lock braking system + EBD
- 3rd-row seat belts
- 2nd -row seat Child ISO-Fix
BR-V facelift 2019 now comes in only two variants, as mentioned earlier. It includes the manual transmission variant and a continuously variable transmission version. The detail of features added to each of these variants is given below:
- 6-speed manual transmission
- Keyless entry
- Audio Switches
- Integrated Tuner
- Roof Rail
- 2 SRS Air Bags
- ABS brakes
- Alloy Wheels
- Navigation System
- Upgraded Interior
- Driver Seat Height Adjuster
- Chrome Door Handles
- Fog Lamps
- Rear Chrome Garnish
- 2 SRS Air Bags
The compact SUV is available in 7 different colors, including:
- Carnelian Red
- Crystal Black Pearl
- Taffeta White
- Urban Titanium
- Modern Steel Metallic
- Lunar Silver Metallic
- Brilliant Sporty Blue
Honda Atlas has raised the price of the facelift version of BR-V, and it now comes at the following prices:
- BR-V I-VTEC M/T PKR 2.899 million
- BR-V I-VTEC CVT PKR 3.249 million
The vehicle can be booked for PKR 1 million with a delivery time of one month, according to the company. Moreover, all the authorized dealerships of Honda will remain open on Sunday to facilitate customers. Nonetheless, the automaker has made several changes to the new BR-V, which was not anticipated for the last few days. The introduction of several safety features in the vehicle is a welcome addition as the consumers want more such features in the Honda cars in Pakistan. On the other hand, the sales of BR-V are down significantly, like all other locally manufactured vehicles in the country. It will be interesting to see if the introduction of the facelift version of BR-V helps in raising the sales of the vehicle. What are your thoughts on this latest launch by Honda Atlas in the local market? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below. Stay tuned to PakWheels. to know all the automotive news regarding the local auto industry.