Honda has confirmed that the BR-V will launch in the Thai market early next year. The new entry-level seven-seater crossover SUV model is currently being previewed for the Thai public at the ongoing Thai Motor Expo, which runs from 2 to 13 December 2015.
Based on underpinnings of the Mobilio MPV that is not available in Malaysia, the BR-V will slot below the HR-V in Honda’s model hierarchy. It is powered by the proven 1.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine that is also used in the Jazz and City, producing outputs of 117hp and 146Nm. The engine is paired with Honda’s new generation Earth Dreams CVT as standard.
Features fitted for the Thai market include projector headlamps with LED position lights, C-shaped LED tail lights, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Its spacious interior is cooled by an automatic air-conditioning system with rear vents placed ahead of the middle-row seats.
Safety equipment includes dual frontal airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake force distribution, electronic stability control, and hill start assist.
We had a go in the BR-V recently in Japan, and it was indicated to us that the model is being considered for introduction in Malaysia by 2016.