The Honda Brio platform has just given the world yet another vehicle and this time, it’s an SUV. Honda has just officially unveiled the BR-V compact SUV at the Gaikindo Indonesian International Motor Show of 2015. Based on the Brio platform, the BR-V is a 7 seat SUV that seems like a scaled down CR-V at first glance. BR-V stands for bold recreational vehicle and as your get past the CR-V inspired front end, there’s the unmistakable kink on the profile, which is also a design highlight on the Mobilio.
The BR-V has some MPV genes, especially as your get to the SUV’s profile and Honda is even marketing it by saying that this new 7 seater is a “new generation crossover utility vehicle that combines appearance of an SUV and handling, utility and spacious cabin of an MPV”. So, the new vehicle from Honda is clearly a crossover, one whose competitors will be the likes of the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster. Measuring over 4 meters in length, the BR-V will go into serial production in Indonesia next year.
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A similar time frame is expected for this vehicle’s market introduction in India as well. For the Indonesian car market, the 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol motor, also seen on the City sedan and Mobilio MPV, will power the BR-V. 5 speed manual and CVT automatic gearbox options will be on offer, with a front wheel drive layout as standard. For India, the 1.5 liter all-aluminium i-DTEC turbo diesel engine is expected to make a cut. This engine has resurrected Honda in India, and it’ll be only fitting that a hot new compact SUV derives power from it.
SUV design and functional cues on the BR-V include roof rails, 16 inch wheels and a high ground clearance. In terms of safety features, twin airbags, ABS+EBD, hill start assist, ISOFIX child seat mounting points and vehicle stability control will be on offer for Indonesia. For India, at least the child seat mounting points, ABS and airbags are expected to be on offer. Also, the BR-V gets rear AC vents.