The Honda Brio Amaze is the smallest sedan the Japanese brand offers. It's been around since 2014 but now, there's an all-new version out. Revealed in India, the 2018 Brio Amaze (simply called Amaze in India) boasts an all-new exterior and interior, and rides on an all-new platform.
For 2018, the Brio Amaze draws its new look from its bigger brothers, namely the Civic and Accord. The rounded front end of the current model has been replaced by a more upright and angular look. It incorporates the brand's current design language, featuring bolder, more aggressive lines. The radical change carries on to the side with a less upright profile. Most notably, the roofline is more rakish than before, incorporating a sleeker rear windshield angle. As for the rear, it gains the C-shaped tail lights from its larger sedan brothers.
At the moment, there are no official photos of its interior just yet. However, pictures from the Indian motoring press show a totally redesigned dashboard. A digital climate control system is also available plus the steering wheel gets a significant makeover. Overall, it is notably less rounded than the current model, going for a more grown-up and angular look.
Perhaps most significant is one of the new powertrain options for the car. While Honda has been offering the 1.5-liter i-DTEC motor in India for a while now, it is available with a continuously variable transmission for the first time. That means that the small turbodiesel engine gets a self-shifter for the first time. The 1.2-liter i-VTEC gas engine on the other hand is carried over. The i-DTEC in the Brio Amaze produces 98 PS and 200 Nm of torque while the gas-fed engine makes 87 PS and 110 Nm of torque. In India, all variants get anti-lock brakes and dual airbags as standard.
With the release of the sedan version of the Brio, it is possible that the all-new hatchback version will make its appearance within the year as well. It is yet to be known when the all-new Honda Brio Amaze will hit the Asia-Pacific market.