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Honda’s BR-V concept previews a seven-seater crossover for Asian markets

Honda has traveled to the Gaikindo Indonesia Motor Show to introduce a thinly-veiled concept dubbed BR-V.

The lone picture published by Honda shows that the BR-V falls in line with the Exciting H design language thanks to sharp, elongated headlights and a bold radiator grille with a single chromed slat. Faux brushed aluminum trim on the bottom of the front bumper, standard roof rails, and plastic cladding on the wheel arches as well as on the rocker panels add a rugged touch to the look.

The BR-V’s dimensions were not given, though Honda says it’s big enough to offer space for up to seven passengers. Similarly, pictures of the interior have not been published yet.

The soft-roader packs a fuel-sipping 1.5-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine tuned to deliver 120 horsepower at 6,600 rpm and 107 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, and select trim levels can be ordered with a CVT at an extra cost. Additional technical details haven’t been released, so whether the BR-V is front- or all-wheel drive is anyone’s guess.

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It doesn’t take a particularly well-trained eye to notice that the BR-V is essentially ready for production. Unsurprisingly, Honda has confirmed its latest concept will be launched as a regular-production model early next year, but it hasn’t revealed whether or not the crossover has been earmarked for North America and Europe.

However, the fact that Honda chose to introduce the BR-V at a relatively small car show in Indonesia when it could have presented it less than a month from now at the Frankfurt Motor Show, one of the biggest automotive events of the year, is telling. With that in mind, it’s relatively safe to bet that we won’t be seeing the BR-V on our shores anytime soon.