The second-generation Honda Brio shows off a more styish vibe

August 4, 2018

Earlier this year, Honda Motor Company revealed a pair of models that hinted at what we can expect from its future small cars. The Brio Amaze was the four-door model while the Small RS Concept gave us a foretaste of the next Brio hatch. Well, the five-door Honda Brio has just been unveiled at this year’s Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show.

Ditching the quirky lines of the first-generation model, the second iteration gets a more conventional stance. This isn’t to say that it doesn’t have a sporty character. On the contrary, the upswept headlights and grille (taken from the Mobilio), along with the sweeping rear door profile give it a dynamic and youthful vibe.

The big change for the new model, however, can be seen at the rear. Whereas the older model had a glass-dominated tailgate, this one gets a more conventional liftgate. This somehow adds to the mature yet sporty demeanor of the Brio.

As with the outside, the cabin receives a dash that seems to have been lifted straight out of the Jazz’s interior. This translates to a straightforward layout with all controls positioned within easy reach of the driver. Higher-spec RS variants get a touchscreen infotainment system.

While we would most likely be getting the same 1.3-liter i-VTEC motor as with the previous model, the one found in the Indonesian market makes do with a 1.2-liter mill that puts out 90hp and 110Nm of torque. This is because it is classified as a Low Cost Green Car.

And it remains to be seen when the new Honda Brio will arrive on Philippine shores.

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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.