Honda unveiled the near-production N7X seven-seater concept in Indonesia earlier this month which will take shape into the 2nd generation BR-V which is considered a popular 7-seat MPV in the ASEAN region.
According to Honda, the N7X which is dubbed as ‘New 7 Seater eXcitement’ combines the best of SUV and MPV body styles to create a complete 7-seater suitable for all type of road conditions.
Courtesy AutonetMagz, we now have the walkaround video as well as the real-life images of the N7X concept and it does look very promising. Designed by Honda R&D Asia Pacific, the N7X is radically different from the current BR-V with sleek headlamps sporting L-shaped DRLs flanked by a large chrome bar placed above horizontal slatted grille. The sculpted bumper features LED positioning lights near the fog lamp housings while its raised bonnet helps establish an imposing stance for the new 7-seater.
Towards the side, the N7X boasts a cleaner profile leaving away the fussy lines as well as the kinked window line of the BR-V. Though the rear quarter glass behind the C-pillars still reminds you of the current Honda BR-V.
The rear features slim tail lights which are very much similar to those of latest generation Honda City. The simpler tail gate is devoid of any unnecessary creases or chromic highlights with license plate holder shifted much lower than that of the current BR-V. There is a back wiper, embedded spoiler, a shark fin antenna and rear bumper with diffuser element to round up the exterior highlights.
Although Honda hasn’t officially released any interior images of the N7X concept yet, however as previously seen in the introductory video, the dashboard features cleaner design without angular shapes and a touchscreen head unit that appears integrated into the dash. There are rectangular air vents towards the corners along with a new steering wheel, HVAC controls, and a raised center console that accommodates the gear lever.
No information on the powertrain options yet but the N7X concept will likely benefit from the same set of engines offered with the latest 7th generation City sedan with 6-speed manual and CVT gearbox options. The 1.5L naturally-aspirated petrol engine found in the new City sedan produces 121hp of power and 145Nm of torque. Honda hasn’t given any timeline regarding the arrival of production model, however one can expect it to become available by 2022.
Official images of N7X concept released by Honda earlier this month
BR-V is an important model for Honda in the ASEAN region where 7-seat MPVs are quite popular, however it was discontinued in India last year due to poor sales whereas in Pakistan, the BR-V sells around 300 units a month which is certainly not a healthy number but still remains the only option among the 7-seaters that fits below the PKR 3.5 million price range.
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