If you're one of the few that are eagerly waiting for the arrival of the next-generation Honda Brio, we have some good news for you. PT Honda Prospect Motor, the official manufacturer and distributor of Honda cars in Indonesia, has officially announced that they will begin exporting the all-new Brio in the first half of 2019.
The new Brio will be exported to multiple countries in the Southeast Asia region (ASEAN) starting with Vietnam which is set to receive the first shipment. With it, Indonesia is the first country to make and export the second-generation Brio for other markets.
First revealed at the 2018 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show, the all-new Brio is essentially the production version of the Small RS Concept from which it borrows many styling elements. Starting with its front fascia, the Brio now gets its face from the Mobilio with its upswept headlights, broader front grill and sportier front bumper.
The rear, on the other hand, also gets a major makeover and appears to have been made bigger and sleeker than before. A new set of C-shaped taillights, along with a more curvaceous rear bumper makes its way on the second-gen Brio. The quirky glass tailgate has also been replaced by a more traditional metal tailgate.
Inside, the Brio now has a Jazz-inspired dashboard (which is also seeing use in the Mobilio). Depending on the variant, the Brio can come with colored trim pieces, as well other in-car amenities like touchscreen infotainment and a digital air-conditioning system.
Powering the Indonesian-spec Brio is a 1.2-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC engine that complies with the country's Low Cost Green Car (LCGC) program. It puts out 90 PS with 110 Nm of torque and can be paired to either a five-speed manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT). Other markets could get a different engine spec, which may likely be the carried-over 1.3-liter four-cylinder.
With the Brio set to arrive in ASEAN markets next year, it won't be long until the five-door hatchback makes its way to the Philippines as well.