Honda Introduces Seven-Seat Compact Crossover BR-V

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It's not coming to the USA, however.

While Honda is busy preparing the USA for the arrival of the 2022 Passport, a new version of the BR-V has been launched elsewhere in the world.

This is the second-generation BR-V, but don't worry if you haven't heard about it before. The first-gen model was never sold in the States, and the chance of the new model finding its way here is zilch. Still, the BR-V is an exciting car to read about, if only because it's a quasi off-road version of the defunct Fit. Doesn't that sound interesting?

Why won't Honda sell it here as a rival to the Toyota Corolla Cross? The quick answer is that the BR-V is one of the cars Honda produces for emerging markets like India, Indonesia, Brunei, Mexico, and South Africa. It's built to be cheap, which means Honda has to cut corners when it comes to safety and quality.

The new BR-V is a bit different, however. This time Honda is including Honda Sensing and Honda LaneWatch.

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Honda's Sensing system for the BR-V includes lead car departure notification, collision mitigation automatic braking, lane keep assist, road departure mitigation, auto high beams, and adaptive cruise control.

On the practical side, Honda blessed the BR-V with a remote engine start and keyless entry with a push-button start.

The design isn't spectacular, but Honda put practicality above style. This tiny crossover sits between an SUV and a minivan and can fit seven people. And by seven people, we mean five adults and two kids.

The touchscreen interface is a modern seven-inch unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Honda also adds a 4.2-inch TFT display in the instrument cluster. The most significant leap forward is the interior quality.

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Usually, these cars are sold with a basic fabric interior in a light color, but the new BR-V has an upmarket interior with leather seats.

The new BR-V seems like a nifty little car. It doesn't look like Honda cut any corners, and it would be nice to have a miniature off-road version of the Fit and its magic seating arrangement.

Sadly, the new BR-V is powered by a carry-over engine. The 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated engine is mated to a CVT transmission. It produces 119 horsepower and 107 lb-ft of torque. The engine is only built to Euro 4 standards, which likely won't make it past emissions regulation.

Instead, Honda's focus in the USA is quickly moving over to electrification.

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