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We’ve previously seen a sketch of Honda’s upcoming Brio-based budget MPV that’s set to be unveiled at this year’s Indonesian International Motor Show, but today we can show you leaked low res photos and Indonesian market variants for the car revealed by Indonesian site Autonet Magz.

UPDATE: More details and live IIMS 2013 gallery of the Honda Mobilio MPV here.

The MPV is rumoured to be called the Honda Mobilio, a name that was previously used for a JDM compact MPV with sliding doors before it was eventually replaced by the Honda Freed. Unlike the more upmarket Freed which uses sliding doors, the Brio-based Honda MPV comes with conventional doors. The dip in the rear door window line that appeared on the sketches goes to production.

These leaked slides, which you can click to enlarge, show the availability of a manual gearbox for the basic S and E models as well as a CVT for the top of the range E model, instead of a torque converter automatic gearbox. This is quite interesting because the Indonesian spec Brio hatchback uses a five-speed auto instead of a CVT.

The MPV will be powered by a 1.5 litre engine, likely to be the same one in the City and Jazz. This unit “provides both sporty performance and good fuel efficiency” according to Honda.

It will come with seven seats in a three-row configuration, the segment norm. 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.