We’ve been waiting for this moment for some time – it was unveiled in prototype form at the 2015 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) in Jakarta earlier this year (we’ve even driven it in Japan last month) and now it’s finally here in production form. That’s right, we are talking about the hotly-anticipated Honda BR-V, which made its world debut at the ongoing 2015 Thai Motor Expo.

The new five- or seven-seater ‘Active Sport Crossover’ measures 4,455 mm long, 1,735 mm wide and 1,650 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,660 mm. That’s 161 mm longer, 35 mm narrower and 45 mm taller than the five-seater-only HR-V, with a wheelbase some 50 mm longer. Ground clearance is quoted at over 200 mm.

It does appear that the production BR-V is pretty much identical to the show car, with the same sharp projector headlights with LED positioning lights, chrome-laden grille, silver skid plates, window line kink, wraparound LED tail light cluster and black plastic cladding all around. Even the 16-inch wheel design remains unchanged.


Not sporty enough? The Modulo bodykit adds larger skid plates, side skirts, chrome garnish on the wing mirrors, chrome side mouldings, a huge rear spoiler and Y-spoke alloy wheels of the same diameter.

Much is unchanged inside as well, with a Jazz and City-style bluff dashboard design that contrasts to the Mobilio MPV on which it’s based. However, the Brio-esque steering wheel as seen on the test vehicle in Japan has been replaced by a sportier three-spoke item taken from the FD Civic and previous-generation Jazz and City, here wrapped in leather.


Automatic air-conditioning is available as an option, and second-row air vents are also fitted. Safety features include dual airbags, ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and ISOFIX child seat anchors. Honda previously confirmed that the BR-V is designed to accommodate up to six airbags, so perhaps higher-end models in certain markets will receive the full lot.

For now there’s just one powertrain option – the same 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder petrol engine as seen on the Jazz and City, here putting out 117 hp at 6,000 rpm and 146 Nm of torque at 4,700 rpm; drive is sent to the front wheels via an Earth Dreams CVT. The BR-V is expected to go on sale early next year.

Interior pix courtesy of Indian Autos Blog