The second-generation Honda Brio arrives in the Philippines with a sportier vibe

April 24, 2019

Remember the Small RS concept previewed by Honda Cars Philippines Inc. at the recent Philippine International Motor Show last year? Thi sporty little number, said the Japanese carmaker, was a peek into the upcoming second-generation Brio. Well, turns out it was indeed that, as seen from the new mini compact that debuted in the country yesterday.

Notice the same upswept headlamps with Park Lights that likewise resemble the ones on the current Mobilio. These flank a honeycomb grille that ties it in with the rest of the Honda family. At the side, you have character lines that  give it a hint of sportiness and prevent the little hatch from looking slab sided. At the rear, the larger taillights offer better visibility while the new tailgate loses the huge glass area of its predecessor in favor of a more balanced glass-to-metal surface ratio.

Stepping inside, one will notice that the cabin is now larger, thanks to increased wheelbase and rear cargo dimensions. High-spec variants also get a new 7-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system, with the RS benefiting from Bluetooth connectivity. Speaking of the RS, this one boasts of orange accents on the seats and door panels for a sporty vibe.

Under the sloping hood resides a new 1.2-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder, replacing the former 1.3-liter unit of the first-generation model. This one now puts out 90hp and 110Nm of torque. Depending on the variant, it can be paired with either a 5-speed manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission.

As for safety, the new little Honda gets dual SRS airbags, Antilock Braking System, and G-CON body structure for a Four-Star Crash Safety Rating from ASEAN NCAP.  This should give owners peace of mind knowing that they’ll be safe in their new Brio.

The new Honda Brio is now available at all Honda dealerships in the following variants and introductory prices:

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

Photos: Paolo Lesaca

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.