Official 2019 Honda BR-V Refresh

Surprise! Well… Not really…

So there you go, the official image of 2019 Honda BR-V refresh. The tacky door molding is gone thank heaven! While the overall look is like I said in the previous post, understated elegance. Looks okay, not that premium looking, compared to Toyota/Daihatsu Rush/Terios or the Mitsubishi/Nissan Xpander/Livina, but well it’s okay.

The chrome mustache is now slightly off colored like the HR-V refresh. The headlamp is the same with the original model, but featuring a brighter daytime running light system. It’s not a major refresh really, you can even say the outgoing model is cleaner looking even. All models are now sporting a 16″ wheels, I don’t know how it will affect the fuel efficiency, but definitely it will have a slight adverse effect.

Just like the appearance, everything else is upgraded in terms of “same thing new skin” stuff. The interior on the higher end trim is now leather clad, and like the Malaysian BR-V, it sports the old Civic steering wheel. Funny how from all of the minor improvement abound on the BR-V, this thing is the one that makes me say, okay job Honda…

Before, the back seat of the 3rd row is a one piece, now it’s a half piece… I wanted the same mechanism like in the Toyota/Daihatsu Avanza/Xenia, where the 3rd row 50:50 split, folds and tumbles forward independently, this is good effort, a B minus, well it’s a passing grade where I teach.

Mechanically, it’s the same, same L15A, same CVT and 6 speed manual option. I like the red color though. Expect the same thing to come to Malaysia sometimes end of the year.

Do expect some more words about the car, but probably in a couple of days.

Come check every details on Honda Indonesia BR-V website:

https://www.honda-indonesia.com/model/br-v

If you need info and wanted to buy one (Indonesian only) I can refer a good sales guy, drop a comment below.

I’ve seen the 2019 BR-V refresh, it’s okay

So you guys should know about the upcoming 2019 Honda BR-V facelift, it’s already leaked by several local news outlet. No pictures yet, but the leaks described something about keyless entry, revised front and rear design, bigger wheels, and praise God, no more door molding. Well, I have seen the picture, but not going to put it here, I have to protect my source. Anyway, I’m satisfied with it… Satisfied, but not ecstatic.

Honda design has always followed a creed, understated elegance. Never too flashy, never too out there and the facelifted BR-V followed suit. On the Prestige trim, from the front, there’s a new daytime running light, looks like LED, quite bright, but got to be careful with DRL term, Honda used it quite loosely. The huge chrome moustache has been toned down with a black grille stealing the focus, but the chrome treatment is still a prominent feature on the lower end trim. Again, the refresh follows the understated elegance. It’s definitely not Mitsubishi Expander/Nissan Livina duo LOOK AT MY UNIQUE TWO-TIER HEAD LAMP look.

The stop gap refresh Honda Indonesia pulled last year was off to a cold start. Personally, I don’t like it. Honda added side molding/bumper on the doors of the BR-V. According to my source because “according to research”, people wanted a more rugged look for the BR-V. Well, that research is wrong. Many SUVs with better off-roading pedigree doesn’t even have that big of a door molding it just makes the car very pretentious looking. Just looked at serious off-roading vehicles, the Jeeps, the Land Rovers, those gargantuan American trucks, NONE have a tacky looking door molding.

Engine wise, it still carries the L15A, Naturally Aspirated 1500cc i-VTEC engine, the old trusty workhorse. No issue there, but I was hoping for for the P10 engine, the turbocharged 1000cc i-VTEC engine. Yes it’s a three cylinder, but with 129PS at 5500 RPM and 200 Nm of torque at 2250 RPM, it’s more than adequate to scuttle the BR-V easily. My reasoning is simply to bring the BR-V inline with CR-V (turbo engine option), and to simply keep Honda at the forefront of engineering.

I do like the 2019 BR-V refresh look. It’s not going to rock my world or anything, but if any, my beliefs in Honda products is second to none… And since in the budget I can choose either Mobilio or BR-V, most likely I’ll go for the BR-V.

A note to Honda – BR-V Edition

With Mobilio and Brio receiving its mid-cycle refresh, the BR-V is the only model out of the platform that has yet to receive a refresh.

The BR-V, to me is the ultimate Mobilio, the best iteration of the platform bar none. From the outside, it looks like a Mobilio with a facelift, a very good face lift, but it’s so much more than that. The BR-V receives extensive sound proofing, better mechanics and inside it has more headroom than the Mobilio. Yet, for all of its superiority over the Mobilio, I still can’t wrap my head around the third row seat utility.

The BR-V like the Mobilio, has a third row seat that tumbles forward for extra cargo area. Yet, even though the third row back seat can be folded 50:50, the base is not divided. So if you want to fit an extra tall item, you either have to sacrifice the third row seat altogether or put the item on top one of the folded backseat, which, because it’s a cushion, won’t give a stable base to put things on.

I had this one particular case last week when I was driving with 4 other person on my Freed. I was out buying some gardening stuff, some short plants, some horizontal pots, and some compost. Because the third row seat folds 50:50 individually, my big friend can still sit at the back comfortably with only one seat folded, although the compost smells kind of makes him wanted to kill me, but hey, it still works. If I drive the BR-V, the big dude had to sit in the second row with two other big dudes which is not at all comfortable. I’m still boggled by the notion that Honda engineers and designers sorely left out the utility that makes a Honda, a Honda, from the platform altogether.

I know, I know, cost cutting… But Toyota Avanza has 50:50 individually splitting third row seat that tumbles forward… A Toyota for crying out loud… Which I have nothing against, but, it’s a Toyota.

Also, for a premium car, or at least the most expensive car that shared platform with the Mobilio, and the dinky Brio, why the heck BR-V door panels ARE LIFTED ENTIRELY FROM THE BRIO!? Or… WHY DOES IT SHARE PARTS FROM THE CHEAPEST ENTRY LEVEL MODEL!?

Goodness gracious… My Freed is 7 years old and starting to show mechanical and electronic issues, although not disturbing to say the least, but it’s annoying. Frankly, I don’t see myself replacing the Freed with the Mobilio, if I do, that’s because I’m desperately needed to change the Freed, and I’m blood tied with Honda. The BR-V however, has a chance. Comes next year, rumors abound that it will receives a refresh and you know what’s coming next year also? Second generation Toyota Rush/Daihatsu Terios. I’m sure if Honda didn’t offer a substantial refresh on the BR-V, next year, it will be a bloodbath for the model.

So for summary, my note for Honda BR-V:

  • Do something about the door panel lining. Differentiate it more than Brio door panel lining.
  • Use true split 50:50 for the third row.
  • A true LED DRL with brighter lighting.

That’s it… It’s very straightforward. The BR-V is the flagship product of the Brio, Mobilio, BR-V trio in Indonesia. The basics are there, it’s just that the devil is in the detail.

Mengapa Harus CVT?

Transmisi otomatis di era moderen sudah menjadi teknologi wajib atau minimal pilihan yang menarik bagi kalangan pengendara mobil terutama di kota-kota besar yang padat kendaraan. Kenyamanan hanya menginjak gas dan rem, membuat pengendara transmisi otomatis tidak merasa selelah mereka yang menggunakan transmisi manual dalam kondisi macet.

Akhir-akhir ini, produsen otomotif Jepang mulai menggunakan teknologi CVT (Continous Variable Transmission) untuk transmisi otomatis mereka. Nissan memang yang pertama menjadi advokat teknologi ini, dengan menyertakan CVT di hampir semua produk mereka dari sedan hingga MPV besar. Dengan klaim kenyamanan berkendara yang optimal serta efisiensi bahan bakar, teknologi CVT menjadi ciri khas dari produk mobil Nissan. Honda di Indonesia sempat menjajal pasar dengan teknologi CVT pada produk Honda Jazz dan City pada tahun 2004 sebelum kembali menggunakan transmisi multi percepatan pada Jazz dan City generasi ke-2. Namun, dengan dibawah bendera Earth Dreams, Honda memperkenalkan kembali teknologi CVT yang hampir menyeluruh diadopsi dari model kelas pemula seperti Brio hingga kelas premium seperti Honda Accord dan Odyssey. Bahkan, Honda Civic dengan mesin turbonya juga telah menggunakan CVT.

Pengadopsian teknologi CVT yang massal oleh Honda bukanlah tanpa sebab, seperti Nissan, insinyur Honda tampaknya telah menyempurnakan beberapa aspek teknologi CVT mereka untuk menghasilkan performa, kenyamanan dan efisiensi untuk semua mobil Honda. Lalu Anda bertanya, apakah CVT dan mengapa Nissan serta Honda berbondong-bondong mengusung teknologi ini?

CVT, atau Continous Variable Transmission memiliki satu keunikan dibandingkan dengan semua teknologi transmisi otomatis yang ada di dunia, yaitu ketiadaan roda gigi. Transmisi multi percepatan memiliki roda gigi dengan rasio-rasio tertentu, seperti halnya transmisi manual. Untuk mencapai akselerasi tinggi, gigi rasio tinggi digunakan dan untuk mencapai efisiensi mesin tertinggi, gigi rasio rendah digunakan. Untuk mendapatkan kombinasi jumlah roda gigi yang ideal, diperlukan banyak roda gigi atau jumlah percepatan, yang menyebabkan ongkos material meningkat dan ukuran transmisi yang memanjang. Honda sendiri sudah mengembangkan dan menjual mobil dengan transmisi 10 percepatan pada mobil Odyssey di Amerika Serikat, namun hanya terbatas pada satu tipe termahal saja. Untuk produk massalnya, Honda tetap berpegang teguh pada penggunaan CVT.

CVT mengentaskan masalah jumlah gigi dengan solusi ideal, yaitu daripada menggunakan jumlah gigi yang banyak, CVT menggunakan dua buah pulley, memutar rantai besi yang membesar dan mengecil, menyesuaikan dengan kerja putaran mesin. Hal ini membuat kendaraan berakselerasi tanpa henti hingga titik tenaga tertinggi tanpa diperlukannya perpindahan gigi karena kedua buah pulley tersebut menyesuaikan besaran rasio gigi secara terus menerus.

Dalam keseharian saya mengendarai Brio dengan transmisi otomatis 5 percepatan, sangat terasa kondisi-kondisi dimana transmisi mengalami kebingungan untuk turun gigi atau tetap pada gigi yang berjalan, terutama ketika ingin mendahului mobil di jalan tol. Ketika saya menginjak pedal gas untuk mendahului, terkadang gigi turun sehingga mobil berakselerasi cepat tapi terkadang tidak, dimana saya harus menginjak pedal lebih dalam supaya gigi melakukan kickdown dan berakselerasi. Kondisi ini terjadi ketika rasio gigi yang dipilih berada di ambang tengah kedua rasio gigi terdekat. Dengan CVT, kondisi ini tidak akan pernah terjadi karena rasio gigi berubah sesuai kebutuhan, hanya tergantung beban mesin saja dan apakah sudah mencapai batas tenaga mesin yang mampu diberikan.

Tanpa adanya perpindahan gigi tentu membuat transmisi CVT menjadi sangat nyaman. Sayangnya tidak semua setuju. Untuk pengendara yang biasa membawa kendaraan manual maupun transmisi otomatis multi percepatan, ketiadaan hentakan perpindahan gigi membuat mengendarai kendaraan dengan CVT terasa aneh. Untungnya, CVT dapat diprogram untuk mensimulasikan rasio gigi tetap. Tapi hal ini tidak diperlukan dan bahkan mengurangi efisiensi CVT dari segi akselerasi dan penggunaan bahan bakar.

Mobilio Refresh Is Here

The new new new new Mobilio is here. We need to discuss Honda Indonesia naming strategy one of these days, for every refresh, touch up, new addition of something they add new. With that said, welcoming Mobilio refresh 2017, arguably the biggest refresh after last year’s dashboard change.

The Mobilio Refresh seems like it’s following a mid-cycle route, being launched late 2013 in Indonesia. Meaning that a full model change will come around 2019. Like any mid-cycle refresh, the Mobilio features the biggest change ever, most notably on its front end.

For summary of changes:

  • Angular front end with revised headlight and hood.
  • New interior color.
  • New seat design.
  • New exterior colors.
  • New multimedia system.
  • Available VSA option

The biggest change definitely is in the front end, featuring new headlight and new bumper that gives the car Honda corporate “solid wing face”. The construction is fairly simple, big halogen lights will not get any point whatsoever, but the inclusion of DRL led light warrants extra point. So much so that Honda even eliminate the projector headlight option on the RS variant. I haven’t check it for myself, but the curved led light (Honda term “guide light”) supposed to be a DRL, which means it’s active all the time. This is huge as it is more of a safety feature than lighting function. It is a function that indicates that a car is active to notify other driver from the opposite side of the road. It’s fairly minor, but a good addition and also enhances the overall look of the car.

The money shot right here, damn gorgeous angle

The interior colors receives lighter tone which Honda says it’s Ivory… To my opposition, it looks like grey in the promo materials. Definitely A HUGE improvement as lighter color gives more impression of a bigger space. The seat also got improvement with thicker cushion and movable headrest, seems taken from the BR-V. The second row seat now features ISO fix anchors and the middle seat even got an adjustable headrest (not available on the BR-V even). Also, unique to the RS variant is orange stitching for that extra spiciness.

Bring in the light!

The exterior colors got updated with a strange combination. The new purple, called Marine Purple is available for both standard and RS variant of the car, however the RS variant got a special color, Phoenix Orang Pearl Two Tone, which is standard glittery orange but with a black roof. Now here’s the strange combination part, the RS variant has always comes with a flushed roof rack, but if Honda Indonesia configurator is correct, only the orange two tone RS variant got the roof rack… Which is odd.

From the entertainment system part, Honda upgraded the AV system with a 6.2″ touch screen for the standard variant and gives 6 speaker system and even bigger AV system touchscreen at a whopping 6.8″ to the RS variant. Honda could’ve just lifted the BR-V AV system with Nanoe air purifier, but they didn’t, so there’s your main difference AV wise.

Finally, the RS CVT variant receives Honda stability assist and hill start assist which is quite a huge addition in terms of safety.

I’d probably do a driving impression sometimes this quarter. It intrigues me since Honda apparently (for real) will not bring in Freed replacement to Indonesia per recent interview with Mr. Jonfis Fandi. Stating that the Mobilio and BR-V already occupied the 7 seater segment and bringing another will split the market. So my 7 year old Freed will need to be replaced by either the Mobilio or the BR-V when push comes to shove. I’m still leaning towards the BR-V, since it has higher head clearance on the third row, but let’s see, I’m not in a hurry to replace my precious Freed.

Facelifted Honda Mobilio Coming With DRL

It’s officially official, the facelifted Honda Mobilio is getting a DRL with a complete set of fascia change and a new set of wheels (and a delicious purple/blue/something color)

The Mobilio is Honda most popular model in Indonesia, thanks to its three row seat and the successful campaign Honda Prospect Motor did all of this year to cement Honda brand equity at the top. Shout out to my Indian friends, too bad the Mobilio doesn’t work for you guys… But frankly, competition is not exactly cutthroat over here.

Looks like the new Avanza eh?

The original base Mobilio frankly doesn’t grow well with age. Sharing the front end with a micro car really hurts the overall looks of the car. Thankfully the RS model added longer bumper and more aggressive looking headlight.

Droopy front end is droopy

The base Mobilio bubbly headlight makes the car looking very friendly, and we like it like that, but the way it executed made the car too friendly, and frankly boring.

The facelifted Mobilio took out that bubbly headlight and make do with a squared eye look which gives it slightly more aggressive looking but still quite friendly, it is a family hauler after all. The new headlight answers my most criticized design aspect of the car, which is the droopy looking front end, which works quite well for a small car like the Brio, but doesn’t work at all with the long bodied Mobilio. With the square headlight, the overall front end looked more upright and making the car very tout like the BR-V.

The money shot

The biggest addition of them all is the DRL (day time running light) that is usually reserved for a more premium segment car. The details aren’t clear, but you can see it very well on the teaser video. It’s not known if the interior getting another update, since it already got one last year.

The official launch will be January 13th on Jakarta. You will get more update on another website since I’d probably too busy or doing nothing that interest you.

Honda Lakukan Program Penggantian Komponen Freed, Jazz dan City Indonesia

Resmi pada tanggal 18 Februari 2011, Honda Indonesia melakukan program penggantian komponen atau recall untuk tiga model favoritnya: Freed, Jazz dan City. Terdapat masalah dengan komponen pegas mekanisme mesin yang dapat menyebabkan mesin mogok pada kondisi ekstrim. Hal ini selaras dengan program penggantian komponen global yang memengaruhi mesin Honda Freed, Jazz dan City.

Menurut situs Honda-Indonesia.com, Honda Freed, City dan Jazz yang termasuk dalam program penarikan ini tidak semua yang terjual di Indonesia, hanya 30.252 unit saja dengan waktu produksi tertentu. Berikut adalah daftar rangka mobil yang terkena program ini:

Tanda “~” menandakan “sampai dengan”.

City (3,360 unit)
Produksi Okt 2008 – Jan 2010
MRHGM2***8P920003 ~ 920212
MRHGM2***9P920123 ~ 921323
MRHGM2***AP020001 ~ 020120

Jazz
(16,300 unit)
Produksi Jun 2008 – Mar 2010
MHRGE8***8J900003 ~ 903906
MHRGE8***9J900001 ~ 903341
MHRGE8***AJ000001 ~ 000540
MHRGE8***AJ900001 ~ 900198

Freed
(10,592 unit)
Produksi May 2009 – Feb 2010
MHRGB3***9J000006 ~ 007186
MHRGB3***AJ000001 ~ 001229

Silahkan cek masing – masing STNK dan melihat nomor rangka/NIK/VIN, apakah mobil Anda termasuk dalam daftar yang masuk dalam program penggantian komponen Freed, Jazz dan City.

Sebagai contoh, Freed saya memiliki nomor rangka MHRGB3***AJ102*** (dibeli pada bulan November 2011), karena Freed dengan nomor rangka AJ000001 sampai dengan 001229, maka mobil saya tidak masuk dalam program penggantian komponen ini karena sudah lewat dari AJ001229.

Untuk lebih jelasnya dapat langsung menuju pranala/link sumber yang tersedia dibawah ini.

Sumber:

Informasi resmi program penggantian komponen Honda-Indonesia.com

Tanggal 30 November, Mobil Kecil Honda Meluncur di Thailand

Pada acara Thailand International Motor Expo 2010 yang akan diselenggarakan pada tanggal 30 November ini, Honda akan meluncurkan sebuah mobil kecil dibawah Honda Jazz yang akan dibanderol dengan harga super menarik untuk negara – negara berkembang. Secara resmi, Indonesia tidak termasuk dalam rencana peluncuran mobil kecil ini, hanya India dan Thailand akan mendapatkan jatah penjualan di 2011. Namun mengingat pasar mobil Indonesia yang sedang berkembang dengan sehatnya, terutama dengan masuknya Nissan March, saya rasa Honda sedang “menunggu” data penjualan Nissan untuk menjual mobil yang serupa.

Ketika diluncurkan pada acara Thailand International Motor Expo, mobil kecil Honda akan mengusung dua varian yaitu varian Thailand yang mendukung standar konsumsi bahan bakar dan polusi di Thailand serta varian India yang diciptakan khusus untuk kebutuhan negara yang sedang berkembang. Cukup aman untuk memprediksi bahwa varian Thailand akan hadir dalam bentuk dan harga yang lebih premium dibandingkan versi India.

Selama ini Honda sudah menunjukkan prototipe mobil kecil yang akan diluncurkan di Thailand ini. Sayangnya, prototipe ini hanyalah sebuah studi ke arah mobil kecil yang sebenarnya, sehingga apa yang Anda lihat hingga kini bukanlah mobil kecil Honda yang akan dijual di Thailand dan India. Namun pada tanggal 30 November mendatang, Honda akan menunjukan prototipe mobil kecilnya yang sudah siap diproduksi.

Sumber:

Honda meluncurkan mobil kecil di acara TIME 2010

Informasi Resmi Honda CBR 250R

Pada tanggal 27 Oktober lalu, Honda meluncurkan website yang didekasikan untuk motor terbarunya yaitu CBR 250R. Informasi yang tercantum didalamnya sangatlah banyak, dan saya merekomendasikan Anda untuk mengunjungi website tersebut. Untuk blog ini saya hanya akan menyadur informasi yang saya anggap penting.

Mendunia adalah konsep yang digunakan oleh Honda untuk CBR 250R karena motor ini adalah motor pertama yang diciptakan Honda untuk pasar global. Dari Amerika hingga Thailand, Argentina hingga Jepang, Indonesia hingga Portugal, CBR 250R hadir dengan konsep “Sport Quarter for One World” atau kalau boleh saya terjemahkan menjadi “motor 250cc untuk satu dunia”. Dikarenakan motor ini ditujukan untuk satu dunia, insinyur Honda melakukan pendekatan satu untuk semua dimana pengendara baik pemula dan tingkat lanjut dapat menikmati kelincahan motor sport tanpa halangan. Adapun juga pendekatan satu untuk semua ini digunakan untuk mendapatkan motor yang nyaman untuk digunakan sehari – hari baik dari segi konsumsi bensin maupun tenaga yang dihasilkan.

Indahnya kombinasi pendekatan satu dunia ini terletak dari kemampuan insinyur Honda menggabungkan sebuah mesin yang benar – benar baru tanpa ada satu komponen pun yang diambil dari motor Honda lainnya (kecuali teknologi yang mendasarinya) dan casis yang diciptakan untuk semua orang di seluruh dunia ini. Berbicara soal mesin, mesin 250cc yang digunakan pada CBR 250R adalah mesin satu silinder 4-tak berpendingin cairan dengan tenaga sekitar 25-26 pk (estimasi dari gosip yang beredar di Internet) dan mengusung uji emisi Euro – 3. Berikut adalah spesifikasi CBR 250R resmi dari Honda:

Total panjang × Total lebar × Total tinggi (m) 2.035 × 0.720 × 1.125
Jarak roda (m) 1.370
Jarak kolong kendaraan (m) 0.145
Tinggi bangku (m) 0.780
Berat (kg) 161 (STD) 165 (ABS)
Kapasitas penumpang 2
Jarak putar minimum (m) 2.5
Tipe mesin CS250RE, satu silinder DOHC 4 tak berpendingin air
Kapasitas mesin(cm³) 249
Dimensi × Langkah piston (mm) 76.0 × 55.0
Rasio kompresi 10.7
Sistem bahan bakar Programmed fuel injection system (PGM-FI)
Tipe starter Self-starter
Tipe pengapian Pengapian baterai transistor
Tipe lubrikasi Wet sump
Kapasitas tangki bensin (L) 13
Clutch type Wet multiplate with coil springs
Transmission type Constant mesh 6-speed return
Rasio gigi transmisi 1-speed 3.333
2-speed 2.118
3-speed 1.571
4-speed 1.304
5-speed 1.115
6-speed 0.963
Reduction gear ratio (primary, secondary) 2.808 / 2.714
Caster angle/Trail (mm) 25º00´/ 95
Ukuran ban Front 110/70-17M/C
Rear 140/70-17M/C
Tipe rem Front Hydraulic disk
Rear Hydraulic disk
Tipe suspensi Front Telescopic
Rear Swing arm (Pro-link suspension system)
Tipe rangka Diamond

Cara insinyur Honda menjawab kompatibilitas motor ini hingga lolos uji emisi Euro – 3 namun tetap menghasilkan tenaga sangatlah sederhana. Kombinasi mesin satu silinder dengan langkah piston yang pendek mengijinkan mesin CS250RE berputar hingga RPM tinggi dengan pembagian torsi yang melimpah. Namun kombinasi konverter katalitik beserta sensor oksigen dengan sistem induksi udara memastikan bahwa mesin CBR 250R bertenaga dan tetap ramah lingkungan.

Harapan penggemar dunia motor agar CBR 250R menggunakan mesin dua silinder seperti kompetitornya memang tidak dijawab, namun Honda menggunakan mesin satu silinder untuk alasan – alasan yang masuk akal:

  1. Mesin satu silinder mencapai tenaga maksimal dalam satu revolusi (satu piston), oleh sebab itu torsi berlimpah sudah diperoleh pada putaran mesin rendah.
  2. Dengan satu kepala silinder, perbaikan mesin tipe ini lebih mudah dan cepat.
  3. Mesin satu silinder umumnya ringan, memberikan rasio bobot per tenaga kuda yang lebih baik.

Adapun kekurangan mesin satu silinder adalah ketidakmampuannya untuk menghasilkan tenaga pada putaran mesin tinggi dan mesin memiliki potensi getaran yang lebih tinggi dibandingkan mesin dua silinder. Untuk menjawab masalah getaran mesin, mesin CS250RE menggunakan sebuah sistem penyeimbang (balancer) untuk meminimalkan getaran. Meskipun begitu, Honda tidak melakukan apapun untuk mengatasi karakteristik mesin satu silinder yang lemah menghasilkan tenaga di putaran atas. Tentunya, kredo CBR 250R satu untuk semua tidak berlaku untuk pembalap jalanan yang hanya mementingkan trek lurus saja. Insinyur Honda menghadirkan CBR 250R sebagai solusi motor sport dengan kenikmatan bermanuver sebagaimana layaknya motor sport.

Enak/tidaknya sebuah motor tidak hanya bergantung kepada kekuatan mesin saja. Karakteristik casis, suspensi dan posisi duduk juga menjadi pemikiran yang penting oleh insinyur Honda untuk CBR 250R. Tema kreasi CBR 250R oleh Honda adalah motor dengan potensi manuver tinggi yang bisa digunakan untuk sehari – hari, untuk perjalanan panjang maupun untuk dibawa ke trek balap. Menemukan titik tengah diantaranya adalah pekerjaan rumah yang secara sukses dituntaskan oleh insinyur Honda.

Lima poin yang dituntaskan oleh insinyur Honda mengenai casis CBR 250R adalah:

  1. Posisi duduk: Honda CBR 250R diciptakan untuk satu dunia, yang berarti tinggi rendah pengendara dan kondisi jalanan satu dunia menjadi fokus insinyur Honda mencari posisi duduk yang paling ideal. Honda menemukan panjang kaki rata – rata 78 Cm adalah panjang ideal yang mengijinkan pengendara motor CBR 250R dapat dengan nyaman menapakkan kakinya ke jalanan ketika motor sedang berhenti.
  2. Titik gravitasi: Pemosisian massa terberat (mesin) yang rendah dan menjorok ke depan menghasilkan keseimbangan berkendara yang baik di setiap kecepatan.
  3. Suspensi pro-link: Penggunaan suspensi pro-link untuk ban belakang menghasilkan kestabilan berkendara yang baik dengan sistem suspensi progresif yang berubah secara perlahan sesuai dengan kondisi jalan. Adapun suspensi pro-link pada CBR 250R memiliki 5 opsi preset yang dapat disesuaikan ketika berkendara dengan penumpang, membawa barang dan kebutuhan lainnya tergantung selera pengendaranya.
  4. Rem cakram ganda dengan kompon baru: CBR 250R menggunakan kompon kampas rem berbasis resin dengan kekuatan sintered. Alhasil, kinerja rem yang baik dengan harga yang masuk akal.
  5. Rem ABS: Untuk negara tertentu, CBR 250R hadir dengan opsi ABS untuk keamanan. Dengan sistem ini, rem mendadak tidak lagi mengunci roda dan dapat membuat Anda terpelanting dari motor ataupun tergelincir di jalanan yang basah.

Adapun di Indonesia belum ada kepastian mengenai tanggal resmi peluncuran CBR 250R. Akan tetapi bisa dipastikan bahwa Honda akan memboyong motor ini di acara Jakarta Motorcycle Show yang berlangsung dari tanggal 3 November hingga 7 November. Isu yang berhembus saat ini adalah Honda CBR 250R akan dibanderol dengan harga 45 – 50 Juta Rupiah.

Dengan diluncurkannya CBR 250R ini, Honda seakan menabuh genderang perang kepada Kawasaki. Namun apakah ini sebuah tindakan reaktif dari Honda? Tentu tidak. Sebagaimana kita tahu, perencanaan produk membutuhkan waktu bertahun – tahun, terlebih lagi Honda meluncurkan produk ini secara global di 22 negara termasuk Indonesia. Produksi akan dimulai di Thailand dan India untuk diekspor ke negara – negara tujuan, oleh sebab itu lah mengapa Honda CBR 250R diluncurkan di kedua negara tersebut.

Honda CBR 250R mengusung sebuah era baru dalam dunia sepeda motor. Sebuah motor yang dirancang untuk memenuhi semua kebutuhan pengendaranya di dunia, dengan memperhitungkan semua kondisi jalan buruk dan baik, dengan memperhitungkan posisi berkendara yang optimal untuk pengendaranya dan dengan memperhitungkan kombinasi tenaga dan kepedulian Honda terhadap lingkungan.

Indonesia dengan potensi pasar sepeda motor yang besar sudah siap untuk menerima CBR 250R dalam bentuk apapun. Desain yang menarik dipadukan dengan citra merek Honda yang berkibar jaya di negeri tercinta seakan menjadi bumbu pelengkap saja karena Anda dapat melihat sendiri di jalan raya Kawasaki Ninja 250 berlalulalang tanpa tandingan.

Inikah motor pertama saya? Bisa jadi… Dengan dukungan gubernur Jakarta untuk menaikkan tarif parkir menjadi Rp. terserah perjam untuk mobil dan tidak adanya rencana untuk memperbaiki kondisi transportasi umum, sudah pasti industri motor Indonesia akan tumbuh pesat. Terimakasih pak gubernur untuk membulatkan keputusan saya membeli motor.

Sumber:

Situs CBR 250R resmi world.Honda.com

Kelemahan mesin satu silinder

Foke u setujui kenaikan tarif parkir

Honda Fit/Jazz Hybrid Official Pictures And Some Facts (plus estimated price)

The MOST anticipated entry level hybrid from Honda is coming in hot and Autocar jumped the gun on the media embargo and present the Jazz Hybrid to be unveiled at Paris Motor Show next month. Please visit Autocar website for better resolution pictures of the car here. You can also check at your other favorite auto blogs or online automotive news about the Jazz hybrid.

As you can see, the difference is merely cosmetics, different grill, bumper and blue shaded headlights differentiating the regular and the hybrid Fit. The rear also receives similar cosmetic changes with clear taillights, accented bumper and chrome accented trunk garnish.

Without the hybrid plaque on the rear, you will surely miss this hybrid on the road… Which is good, because you don’t want to attract attention to criminals whose MO is to puncture your tire with a hollow nail and rob you silly (because you don’t have spare tire).

It has been confirmed that the Fit/Jazz hybrid will be sporting the same engine used on the Insight 2.0, a 1.3L i-VTEC with IMA producing around 100ps. Interior pictures are still kept secret from Honda, but words are circulating that the Fit/Jazz Hybrid will have single color dashboard and blue lit dials. You can check out my entry about Honda Insight engine here, but for peace of mind sake, I’ll divulge a bit about the heart of Honda hybrid system.

Honda hybrid system or Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) is a simple system where an electric motor is sandwiched between the internal combustion motor and the driving wheel, in Honda case it’s always the front wheel to date. Back when it was introduced with the 2000 Honda Insight, the IMA doesn’t have the ability to purely run on electric motor. However, when the Insight 2.0 launched early last year, the IMA system was updated to purely run on electric motor albeit with a very strict condition… Steady cruise speed without any inclination… Any degree of inclination, then the motor kicks in again. Still good anyway.

A cut out of Honda IMA system, notice how the engine’s width is very narrow

Honda called its hybrid system IMA for a good reason, it simply “assists” the internal combustion engine at low speed and when the car is accelerating fast. A good thing because the nature of electric motor to produce maximum torque at just 1000 RPM means the engine doesn’t have to burn unnecessary excessive fuel to launch the car at stop and go driving. The IMA also acts as a starter motor because the whole engine has the ability to be turned off at idle (traffic lights) automatically and restarts at the press of the gas pedal.

To produce electricity, the IMA system itself is a cylindrical generator system that spins with the internal combustion engine. At steady speed, the IMA recharge the battery and when there’s a forward movement usually caused by braking the IMA also captures this momentum to spin the generator the opposite way and producing electricity.

A complete Honda IMA engine + transmission, the IMA system is marked yellow at the bottom picture

Something to note is that Honda engineers can’t magically insert an IMA system to an existing engine *snap* like that. The IMA takes considerable space inside the engine bay, therefore something got to give and it’s usually the engine that gets the shorter end of the straw. Honda hybrid system uses a specifically designed narrow engine to allow the placement of the IMA system next to the gearbox.

Now for the million Pesos/Ringgit/Sing Dollar/Rupiah/Baht/Dong question for us Asia Pacific residents… Will we get it? We don’t get the Insight, the CR-Z and the Civic Hybrid costs an arm and a leg. Are we getting the cream again instead of a bite of the cake? Not quite! We’ve seen the almost miraculous Honda Freed launched in the Asia Pacific, exclusive even outside of Japan… And why? Because the Freed is produced in the Asia Pacific region to gain advantage of AFTA. The Fit/Jazz has been produced in Indonesia for quite sometime, so you see where I’m going, it’s too easy for Honda to just import the hybrid engine and assembled it in Indonesia and imports it to other country in ASEAN. If this is inline with Honda global plan to be the leading automaker of hybrids (it’s in the CEO midyear speech which I’m going to cover soon), then, we will see a near simultaneous release of the Fit hybrid all over the world; Europe, America, Australia and Asia.

So when? The Fit hybrid in Europe will be announced at the Paris Motor Show next month and launched early 2011, in the United States it’s still unconfirmed but it will be there around 2011 as 2012 model, nope, it’s totally unconfirmed. The United States might even missed the hybrid Fit/Jazz totally… A bit of a “huh” moment, because the Europeans will get it although they already has the Insight 2.0 just like the Americans. On the other side of the world, Japan’s Nikkei confirmed that the Fit hybrid will be launched around Fall in Japan. Using Freed’s launch time frame, then it’s just a matter of 1 to 1.5 years before us ASEANs can drive a genuine affordable hybrid courtesy of Honda. So expect the Fit/Jazz hybrid to announced at the end of 2011 and available at the latest early 2012 in ASEAN.

How much? Now this is the interesting part… Because of difference in currency and taxes, I’m just going to use Indonesia expected price and price estimate slot, which will be universal. Honda Jazz RS in Indonesia is priced at Rp. 222 Million (2 Million Yen) while the Japanese Fit RS is priced at 1.69 Million Yen, specs are the same except we use 5AT instead of CVT, price difference between both automatic transmission should be negligible. The Freed in Indonesia is priced at Rp. 258 Million (2.4 Million Yen) while the same Freed is priced at 1.99 Million Yen in Japan, again specs are the same (digital AC control & power retractable mirror just recently added), except for the use of 5AT instead of CVT and the lack of HID.

Let’s do a simple math, now both the Fit/Jazz RS and the Freed in Indonesia reflects a 18 & 20% mark up in price compared with its Japanese brothers, let’s take 20% as our baseline number. Now let’s take Nikkei’s reported Fit hybrid price which starts at  a cool 1.59 Million Yen, in Indonesia, the Jazz hybrid will be priced starting at Rp. 202 Million… Now I suspect that it will be a manual version, so add the usual 10-14 Million for an automatic version, and voila! The estimated Honda Jazz hybrid automatic will be offered in Indonesia for around Rp. 216 Million (roughly US$22K), hell! Round that up to Rp. 220 Million and people will still buy it! Now let’s say Honda decided to go greedy or wanted to add the RS trim to the Jazz hybrid. In Indonesia, the Jazz RS commands Rp. 13 Million more than the baseline Jazz, so added to the baseline Jazz hybrid, the Jazz hybrid RS will still worth Rp. 229 Million… And that my friends are something totally purchasable.

If, and this is just another silly if from me… If Honda wanted to play “screw you all, this is the first commercially affordable hybrid in ASEAN, I’m putting price premium to you suckers!”, the Jazz hybrid will still be below Freed’s price  or at the very least, the same. Still, I’m buying one if I don’t have any car by that time. The Jazz hybrid reported fuel consumption is 26 Km/L or 61 MPG (US), but I suspect it’s just highway number. For inner city driving, I expect that number to drop to half at 13 Km/L or 30,5 MPG (US)… Again, that number is already phenomenal, my 1.5L SX4 automatic only manages an average of 8,4 Km/L or 19,7 MPG (US) for pure inner city driving.

Personally, I’m betting that the Jazz hybrid price range will be around Rp. 220 Million to Rp. 230 Million. It will be priced at Jazz RS level, and complement each other. One you pay premium for exhilarating drive and the other if you are down with the earth and stuff. Tax wise, the car wouldn’t be a luxury import because it is based on an existing car… So if there’s any different tax imposed, I’m really speechless.

Update: 26 August 2010 – more info from other online media

Source:

Autocar.co.uk: Honda launches new Jazz hybrid

The car connection: Honda Jazz hybrid will start a price war

Electric vehicles: Forward to the past

Honda Insight is Hout!

EGMcarTech: Jazz Hybrid Unveiled, No US Plans