Remember those Honda Brio hatchbacks that were on the way to be shipped out? Well, they're already here.
Honda Cars Philippines has launched the all-new model, and while it's still their smallest hatchback in the range, it's grown up quite a bit.
Take the styling for instance. Gone is the glass rear hatch and taking its place is a metal tailgate. The front end on the other hand is much like the the Mobilio with its upswept headlights and upright grill. In essence, it is the production version of the Small RS Concept we saw during last year's Philippine International Motor Show. Even the color is the same on this road-going example. In terms of size, it's bigger than before, which translates to more room inside.
Looking at the interior, the cabin is more mature than the previous generation too. The dash is largely based on the current Jazz, which is also being used in the current Mobilio. No more circles in here - it's more angular in appearance with sweeping lines to complement its new exterior design.
There are three variants available for the all-new Brio: the S M/T, the V CVT, and the RS CVT. The RS comes with a tailgate spoiler, unique alloy wheels, as well special front and rear bumpers, and mesh trimmings. Depending on the variant chosen, the cabin gets either silver or orange linings. The S and V variants come with fixed headrests at the front while the RS has adjustable headrests. RS models also benefit from a more comprehensive touchscreen and six speakers. The V CVT on the other hand also has a touchscreen, while the entry-level S M/T has a single-DIN stereo system.
Made in Indonesia, the Philippine-spec models appear to match the ones offered in its country of origin. Other than the fact that ours is left-hand drive and the variant names are different, the equipment levels look identical to the Indonesia-spec Brio. The same applies to the engine as it's no longer using a 1.3-liter engine. Like the overseas model, the Philippine-spec Brio uses a 1.2-liter i-VTEC engine. Power is rated at 90 PS and 110 Nm of torque. It shifts via a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Prices for the 2019 Honda Brio are as follows:
Brio S M/T: Php 585,000
Brio V CVT: Php 646,000
Brio RS CVT: Php 727,000
Brio RS Black Top CVT: Php 732,000
*Introductory prices until June 30, 2019