Honda BR-V prototype debuts at GIIAS 2015

Following yesterday’s unofficial reveal, the Honda BR-V prototype has made its debut at the GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2015.

It’s basically a crossover version of the Mobilio MPV and as a consequence it takes a lot of the styling cues from the people carrier but adapted to a high-riding model which will be able to host up to seven people. As expected, it gets a jacked up suspension and roof rails along with some black plastic body cladding on the wheel arches and side skirts while up front there’s a plastic underbody protection. Honda hasn’t provided a photo of the rear end but they say it hosts LED taillights with C-shaped graphics and we assume it also features plastic body protection.

It rides on bespoke 16-inch alloy wheels and aims to offer class-leading interior space along with ventilation for the passengers sitting on the second row of seats. It also gets a multi-information display providing the driver with all the relevant information while on the safety side there are dual front airbags, ABS with electronic brake distribution (EBD), as well as hill start assist and vehicle stability assist (VSA).

Power is provided by a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder i-VTEC normally aspirated engine producing 120 bhp (89 kW) at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm (107 lb-ft) of torque at 4,600 rpm sent to the wheel through a new six-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Although for now it’s billed as a prototype, the Honda BR-V will enter production in January next year at the HPM’s Karawang factory in Indonesia where it will initially go on sale, but availability in other countries will follow shortly thereafter.

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