For this year's Philippine International Motor Show, you certainly won't call the Honda booth boring. From the various Sport variants to the Civic Type R, the Honda Small RS Concept previews an exciting future for brand. And who knows, maybe they'll bring in more hatchbacks in the country should the reception be positive.
First shown during this year's Indonesia International Motor Show, the Honda Small RS Concept served as the preview for the Brio's production model. The road-going 2019 Brio made its debut just a few months ago in August.
With its sharp lines and creases, the small hatchback's design is aggressive. From the hood scoop to the deep chin spoiler, Honda's small hatchback wants to be taken seriously. More creases and lines run through the concept's flanks, while the upward kink on the rear windows adds a bit of flair to the hatch. As for the rear, there are large C-shaped tail lights, wide tailgate, and a sizable rear wing.
Given that Honda has shown the Small RS Concept, does this mean we'll be getting the all-new Brio hatch here soon? For now, there's no official word from Honda Cars Philippines just yet, but should it push through, the production specs appear promising.
For instance, the cabin is lifted off the current-generation Mobilio and BR-V, replacing the old rounded look of the dash and cabin. Production Brio RS models also get orange highlights on the air-conditioning vents, a touchscreen audio and navigation system, and steering wheel mounted auto controls. The engine is a 1.2-liter, four-cylinder unit with 90 PS and 110 Nm of torque. It is then mated to either a five-speed manual or continuously variable transmission.