In Indonesia, Daihatsu Terios and Toyota Rush dominate the small crossover segment. But in 2016 there will be a new comer from Honda. Rumors about Brio or Mobilio SUV have been spreading around the internet since a year ago. The Japanese automaker just revealed the first sketches of its small crossover, called BR-V (Bold Runabout-Vehicle).
According to Honda, it’s based-on Honda Mobilio. No wonder that its exterior design is look alike its sibling that is in MPV segment. Its front fascia looks tough and more mature featuring new headlights which seems is integrated with LED Daytime Running Lights and Solid Wing Face grill as current Honda’s identity. From side, there are sculpted fine lines which sweep from A-pillar to rear bumper. At the rear, we can see a new rear bumper features vertical sculpted that reminds me to 2010 Fit/Jazz facelift. Moreover, there are C-shaped LED taillights. The body moulding is seen around the car from front, side, and rear.
For its dimension, Honda hasn’t announced it yet. But probably BR-V is slightly longer, wider, and higher with bigger tires. And for the powertrain, I guess that BR-V to get 1.5 liter VTEC from Mobilio. But I hope Honda will offer bigger engine, like 2.0 liter VTEC. For the transmission, I expect the SUV to get 5-speed manual transmission or CVT.
Honda BR-V will make its debut at 2015 Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show (GIIAS) next August as a concept car. The production version is set to debut in 2016.
Text: Andhika Pradityo