In preparation for the Indonesia International Motor Show coming up in September, Honda has released a teaser sketch (click to enlarge) of a new three-row MPV – specifically designed for this region – set to debut at the show. Honda says this yet-to-be-named people mover will be positioned in the entry-level MPV segment, which it says is a crucial part of the Indonesian auto market.

While there is no way to tell the size of the vehicle based off this rendering, it does appear to be far more stylish than the Honda CR-V, although the stepped-down beltline and the pinched shape of the rear quarter window have us thinking that Honda designers have been staring at the BMW i3 a little bit too much. The New Honda MPV will be powered by a 1.5-liter gas engine, and it goes on sale (and production) in Indonesia early next year. Honda has released a short press release for the new model, which is posted below.
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New Honda MPV to Make World Debut at the 21st Indonesia International Motor Show

JAKARTA, Indonesia, July 19, 2013 - P.T. Honda Prospect Motor (HPM) released the global premiere of the official sketch of the brand-new Honda MPV that will be making its world debut at the upcoming 21st Indonesia International Motor Show, scheduled for September 19-29, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The new Honda MPV was developed for the Asian market by Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. in Thailand and P.T. Honda R&D Indonesia. This model will be the first Honda product in Indonesia to be introduced to the entry level MPV segment, the biggest category in the Indonesian automobile market. In addition to offering seven seats in a 3-row configuration, the new Honda MPV features an innovative design, spacious cabin, and advanced safety which is already a hallmark of every Honda product. The new Honda MPV will be powered by a 1.5L gasoline engine, which provides both sporty performance and good fuel efficiency.

Comment by Tomoki Uchida, President Director of P.T. Honda Prospect Motor
"The new Honda MPV has been developed especially for the needs of customers and road characteristics in Indonesia. This model will also be locally produced in Indonesia as the first product of its new Second Plant in Karawang, scheduled to begin operation in early 2014. This makes the new Honda MPV a very special product for Honda in Indonesia."

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      Whether it's a good thing or not, I think I see a little bit of the Odyssey "lightning bolt" in the belt line, too.
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        That was my first thought, as well. How did they think of the i3, have they never seen an Odyssey??
      dr. schwartz
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      The rear window treatment doesn't look at all like the I3. The Honda line goes downward, while the BMW goes upward as in the Odyssey.
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      Toyota called. They want their Venza back!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Renderings always look flashy and sleek until you see the actual product then they are rather toned down.
      Felipe Politano
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its front end and front doors are very similar to the those in the Honda Brio, a low cost subcompact for emerging markets. I wouldn't be surprised to see a stretched wagon version of the Brio with a tiny third row of seats. The small engine is also a clue that this is based on either the Brio or Fit - most probably the former, being a budget model in a cost conscious platform first launched in Indonesia and Thailand.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Goes to show that there's not a lack of design talent at Honda, but the company's are not handing them exciting projects (that we've seen). It's like having Pininfarina design household appliances.
        • 1 Year Ago
        like Felipe said, it probably just stretched version of Brio with 1.5L engine from Fit/City/Freed (Brio is 1.2L). It probably built to compete with Toyota Avanza (and its siblings Daihatsu Xenia), a 3 row, low cost, cheaply made, but super popular car in Indonesia. Judging from that, the finished design probably won't be even close to this rendering.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those taillights look identical to the BMW 6 series.. wtf
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