The Honda BR-V compact SUV prototype finally made its official debut at the GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2015 today. Primarily a crossover version of the Mobilio MPV, the Honda BR-V "features the combination of an SUV appearance and handling and great utility and the spacious cabin of an MPV".
The 7-seater Honda BR-V will come powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine, which also does duty on the Honda Fit and City. However, in India, the carmaker may also offer the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel unit that it uses for its diesel cars here. Honda said the BR-V's transmission options will include a new 6-speed manual transmission and a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Considering its close association with the Mobilio, it features a lot of styling cues from the MPV albeit adapted to suit the compact SUV. Its list of exterior features comprises improved ground clearance, 16-inch alloy wheels, black plastic cladding on the wheel arches and side skirts, plastic under-body protection, and roof rails. The carmaker says the BR-V also gets LED tail-lights with graphics.
According to Honda, the BR-V's cabin offers class-leading space with additional knee room and head room. It also gets a multi-information display, and rear air conditioner between the first and second row seats.
Safety provisions on the Honda BR-V include dual front airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS
) with electronic brake distribution (EBD
), vehicle stability assist (VSA), and hill start assist (HSA) among others.
Honda BR-V Specs:
Engine: 1.5-litre i-VTEC
Transmission: New 6-speed Manual/ Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
The Honda BR-V compact SUV is scheduled for a launch in Indonesia in early 2016, which will then be followed by the car's launch in other countries. Upon its arrival in India, i.e. next year, the Honda BR-V will take on the likes of Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster, and the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross.