Earlier in the month, the series production Honda BR-V was unveiled at the 2015 Thai Motor Expo, and the Thai-specification model was further previewed in a short video clip a couple of weeks later. Now, Honda Indonesia has released a couple more videos of the Indon-spec SUV, detailing in at greater length in one of them (the other is a TVC).
The vehicle – essentially a crossover variation of the Mobilio MPV – made its debut as the Honda BR-V Prototype at the 2015 Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show (GIIAS) in August, and is set to go on sale in Indonesia and Thailand next year, with production in the republic slated to begin at the PT Honda Prospect Motors plant in Karawang next month.
Originally premiering as a seven-seater, the SUV will also be available in five-seat form, though it looks as if the latter will not be sold in the republic. As mentioned in our initial report, three grades will be available in Indonesia, and the specs and equipment levels of the production versions follow that detailed back in August.
The baseline version is the 1.5L S, which is only available with a six-speed manual transmission, while the midline 1.5L E comes with manual or CVT gearbox options. Finally, there’s the high-spec 1.5L Prestige, which is only available with a CVT.
All variants are powered by the same engine, a 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC four-banger as seen on the City sedan and Jazz hatchback, with output numbers being 120 PS at 6,600 pm and 145 Nm at 4,600 rpm.
To recap, all the grade variants will ride on 16-inch alloys and 195/60 series tyres as standard, though the top-of-the-line Prestige features a different five-spoke design (it’s the car in green here in the pix). General equipment across the range includes projector headlamps, fog lamps, powered side mirrors and double blower air-conditioning. The second-row seats get a one-touch tumble feature, while the third row seats are 50:50 fold-down units.
Standard safety equipment consists of dual airbags, ABS and EBD as well as Isofix mounting points. On the base S, the audio system is made up of a double-DIN head unit, while the E and Prestige variants get an audio system with a 6.1-inch touchscreen display. The S also omits audio switches on the steering wheel.
Additional kit for the E includes LED position lamps and a multi-information display, as well as chrome-finished door handles and side protectors. The Prestige features all this, and adds on VSA, hill-start assist and an aerokit as well as a nanoe ioniser.
Indonesian pricing for the BR-V – which will be available in six exterior colours in the republic – starts from 226.5 million rupiah for the BR-V Grade S. The Grade E manual goes for 236.5 million rupiah, while the CVT version is 10 million rupiah more at 246.5 million. The Prestige CVT tops off things at 261.5 million rupiah.
We drove the Honda BR-V in Japan – read our first-drive impressions of it.