Honda has released an official sketch of the new Honda Brio MPV that will be making its world debut at the Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS 2013) in September. The sketch is of the Honda LMPV Concept, and the name of the production car hasn’t been confirmed yet, but it is based on the Brio family, which consists of the original hatchback and the Brio Amaze sedan that appeared late last year in Bangkok.
UPDATE: More details and live IIMS 2013 gallery of the Honda Mobilio MPV here.
The Brio MPV was developed for the Asian market by Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co Ltd in Thailand and PT Honda R&D Indonesia. This model will mark Honda’s entry into Indonesia’s entry level MPV (low MPV) arena, which is the country’s biggest auto segment. Rivals that are waiting include the Toyota Avanza and Daihatsu Xenia twins, Suzuki Ertiga and the Chevrolet Spin, among others.
The MPV will be the first product of Honda’s new RM1.05 billion second plant in Karawang Industrial Park, scheduled to begin operation in early 2014. It will come with seven seats in a three-row configuration, the segment norm.
The Brio hatchback uses a 1.3 litre engine in Indonesia, but the MPV will be powered by a 1.5L unit, likely to be the same one in the City and Jazz. This unit “provides both sporty performance and good fuel efficiency.”
This affordable, compact MPV should be coming to Malaysia in the near future; do you think it will be better received than the Freed here?