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Oh look what we have here – it’s the Honda BR-V, lightly covered and spotted by reader Kamal Kaiza turning into Honda Malaysia’s plant in Pegoh, Melaka. It’s the new SUV’s first sighting in Malaysia, and seeing that it’s already out and about running on-road tests, it looks like the new model will be coming here sooner rather than later.

For the uninitiated, the Honda BR-V is an upright SUV based on the Mobilio MPV. The ‘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 HR-V, with a 50 mm longer wheelbase.

It’s already on sale in both Indonesia and Thailand, powered by the same 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine as seen on the Jazz and City, here putting out 117 hp and 146 Nm of torque. Drive is sent to the front wheels via an Earth Dreams CVT. There’s also a 100 PS/200Nm 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel version in India.

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In Thailand, the BR-V is available with five or seven seats, whereas it’s a standard seven-seater in Indonesia and India. Malaysia is expected to get the latter option, though it shouldn’t really be an issue as all the rear seats are foldable (50:50 for the third row and 60:40 for the second). Read Anthony Lim’s first review of the SUV here.

We’ll have to wait for the exact details and specifications of the Malaysian models, but for those who have been waiting for the BR-V to arrive, this sighting should prove exciting. Yes, it’s finally coming.

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GALLERY: Thai-spec Honda BR-V