If you’re looking for a Honda crossover with more than the typical five seats, here in the United States you can upgrade to the Pilot which offers seven or eight seats split over three rows. However, the Pilot is deemed too big for some markets and thus buyers there with bigger families need to turn to other makes. Over in Indonesia, the automaker’s local division, P.T. Honda Prospect Motor, is looking to address the issue by developing a small, seven-seat crossover.
Called the BR-V, short for Bold Runabout Vehicle, the new crossover has been previewed today ahead of a debut at the 2015 Indonesian Auto Show in late August. Production will take place at a plant in Thailand and the order books will open following the auto show debut. Honda says the BR-V was developed strictly with the Asian market in mind, so don’t expect it to grace American showrooms anytime soon.
Judging from the teaser sketches, it appears the BR-V will come with high-ground clearance and plenty of underbody protection. It will also feature chunky alloy wheels, and styling influenced by the latest CR-V.
Only one powertrain has been announced so far: a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. No performance specs have been mentioned but Honda says the vehicle should provide “sporty performance and great fuel efficiency.” Two transmission options will be on offer, likely a conventional manual together with an automatic or CVT.
If successful, the BR-V may just lead to a seven-seat version of the next-generation CR-V. It's a move made by rival brand Nissan for its latest Rogue, and it's likely other automakers in the segment will soon follow suit.