Honda’s Indonesian division has revealed a new seven-seat concept called the N7X. Given how production ready this show car looks, not much is likely to change as it transitions into the Honda BR-V replacement.
The Honda N7X has a cleaner and more muscular appearance than the current BR-V, with some inspiration taken from the latest Ballade, which is badged City in its home market. Like the vehicle it replaces, the newcomer aims to blend the practicality of an MPV with the style of an SUV.
Honda didn’t release pictures of the concept’s cabin, but from what we can briefly see in the YouTube video, the dashboard appears very similar to that in the latest Amaze sedan.
No engines have been mentioned as yet, but according to sources abroad the next BR-V is likely to be powered by the familiar 1.5-litre normally aspirated petrol engine, paired to either a manual or CVT continuously variable transmission.
Honda South Africa hasn’t announced when or whether the next BR-V will hit local showrooms but its introduction would seem likely based on what the company’s General Manager Dinesh Govender said last year when the Indian division (which supplied SA’s BR-V) discontinued the model:
“Honda Motor Southern Africa has no plans to discontinue the BR-V and is currently securing sufficient stock of the BR-V from India while the alternate factory is being set up for production,” Govender said.
“The BR-V remains one of our pillar models in the local line-up, and is currently the only seven-seater sport utility vehicle (SUV) in its price class”.
Honda SA did not mention which country the BR-V would be sourced from, but given where the N7X concept was unveiled, Indonesia appears to be a likely option.
Honda South Africa currently offers five versions of the BR-V, priced between R292 000 and R375 700.