Saturday, August 22, 2015
Honda Shows Off BR-V 7-Seater Small Crossover in Indonesia
So what do you get when you mix two of the hottest segments in the ASEAN car market? The Honda BR-V. Shown in prototype form at the GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2015, the BR-V combines the Mobilio’s 7-seater capability (and basic body shape) with a raised ground clearance.
Currently shown as a prototype, the BR-V is scheduled for production in early 2016 with sales in Indonesia first followed by other countries, which may include the Philippines. The BR-V is said to combine SUV appearance with the utility and spaciousness of an MPV. So, basically, it’s the lovechild of the HR-V and the Mobilio.
Although the BR-V has the Mobilio’s basic body structure, it does gain a much more aggressive front clip with angular headlights, bumpers, and the Solid Wing Face. Aside from the higher ground clearance, it has roof rails across all grades, LED tail lamps, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Inside, it has dual zone air conditioning, a standard multi-information display, and available seating for up to 7 adults.
Underneath, it shares the Mobilio’s 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine producing 120 horsepower and 145 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or Earth Dreams CVT transmission.
In terms of safety, it comes with Dual SRS airbags, ABS, VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist), and Hill Start Assist.
Hopefully Honda Cars Philippines would bring in the BR-V in the country even if the brand’s model names are all starting to sound the same: BR-V, HR-V, CR-V, CR-Z. The BR-V will first be assembled in Honda’s Indonesia factory and is expected to retail there with a price range of Rp. 230 to 265 million or (~P 776,000 to ~P 894,000).