Anton Andres / Honda | August 03, 2018 15:16
All-new Honda Brio trades funky styling for a more mature, aggressive look
Serving as the smallest car Honda offers, the Brio, along with the four-door Brio Amaze, splashed into the market with its diminutive dimensions and funky styling. For its second generation however, it's traded the rounded looks for a more angular, aggressive redesign.
More significantly, the all-new A-segment hatch gets a look that isn't derived from its sedan counterpart, making it a unique product. It is, in essence, the production version of the Small RS Concept shown a couple of months ago.
Instead of adapting the Amaze's, flat-nosed front fascia, the all-new Brio gets its looks from the Mobilio with its upswept headlights and upright grill. The Brio's body lines on the side are also different from the Amaze. Whereas the four-door gets straight, defined creases, the Brio features lines which sweep upwards towards the rear quarters. Also, the rear door kinks upwards.
The all-new Brio does lose one of its signature design feature at the back. The soon to be outgoing model has a quirky, all glass tailgate. For its second-generation however, it's been replaced by a more conventional metal tailgate. Larger, C-shaped tail lights are also new for 2019. In Indonesia, the 2019 Brio comes in two variants, namely the Satya and RS, each with their own exterior and interior touches.
As for the cabin, the dash is largely lifted from the current Jazz, which is also being used in the current Mobilio. It's more angular in appearance with sweeping lines to complement its exterior design. Depending on the variant chosen, the cabin gets either silver linings or orange ones. Entry-level models come with fixed headrests at the front while the RS has adjustable headrests. RS models also benefit from a touchscreen and six speakers.
Because it is an LCGC (Low Cost Green Car) in Indonesia, it doesn't get a 1.3-liter engine unlike here in the Philippines. Instead, it has a 1.2-liter, i-VTEC mill, which is good for 90 PS and 110 Nm of torque. The lone engine option can be paired to either a five-speed manual or continuously variable transmission.
At the moment, there is no mention if Honda Cars Philippines will be bringing in the all-new Brio.