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Honda introduces BR-V prototype at GIIAS

Snapshot: Billed as a prototype, the BR-V will enter producing in January 2016.

After yesterday’s revealing images, the Honda BR-V crossover prototype has now gone official at the 2015 GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show. As expected, this can be best described as a crossover conversion of the Mobilio people carrier and as a consequence it carries the usual segment characteristics such as a raised suspension, roof rails and front & rear underbody protection. It also has received plastic cladding on the side skirts and wheel arches while the 16-inch alloys are exclusive to this model.

Under the hood resides a newly developed i-VTEC 1.6-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine that develops 120 bhp at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm at 4,600 rpm. Power is channeled to the front wheels through either a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional continuously variable transmission.

Honda has not provided photos of the interior cabin but we do know it’s roomy enough to carry up to seven people and those sitting on the second row will enjoy the added ventilation. Safety was a priority for the engineers which is why there are dual front airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake distribution, along with vehicle stability assist and hill start assist. It will also feature a multi-information display and Honda says the BR-V will provide class-leading space with more headroom and knee room for all passengers compared to segment rivals.

The BR-V is labeled as a prototype for now, but it will morph into a production car in January 2016 when assembly will kick off at the HPM's Karawang plant in Indonesia. Initially, it will be available only locally (with a price range of Rp. 230 to 265 million), but Honda has already announced plans to add other markets shortly after that and it is believed the seven-seat crossover will also be commercially available in our country, most likely in the second half of 2016.

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