Honda Motors has unveiled the new generation model of its entry-level Brio hatchback at the ongoing 2018 GIIAS (Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show). The 2018 second generation Honda Brio hatchback flaunts a new design language that is similar to that of the new generation Honda Amaze that was recently launched in India this year. The small hatchback model also shares the platform as well as the interiors with the new-gen Amaze subcompact sedan. Interestingly, while the first-gen Amaze was based on the previous Brio, the all new Brio is based on the all new Amaze.
The newly unveiled all new Honda Brio hatchback will be replacing the first generation Honda Brio which was first introduced back in 2011. The all new Brio gets an all-new design language that is sharper, bolder and more contemporary than its predecessor. The all new Brio is based on the Honda Small RS Concept model, which was showcased at the 2018 Indonesia International Motor Show, earlier this year.
The new generation Honda Brio entry-level hatchback definitely looks more aggressive and stylish than that of its precursor. The small hatchback looks pretty akin to its subcompact sedan sibling, especially when the front fascia is concerned. The new avatar of the Brio flaunts the same large chrome grille décor as that of the new generation Amaze sedan. The headlights, front and rear bumper design and side profile all look sharper and modern as compared to the previous generation model.
Most importantly, Honda has ditched the all-glass hatch-lid of the Brio in its all new avatar. Now, the new Brio gets a conventionally designed hatch lid, which also looks actually better with its contoured styling. The glass hatch door of the first-gen Brio had polarized opinions from buyers, while some liked its uniqueness; others really detested thinking it is fragile. Honda changed the hatch-lid’s design on the new-gen Brio, as many buyers avoided buying the Brio for its glass hatch design, especially in India.
The all new 2018 Honda Brio has been showcased at the 2018 GIIAS in two versions, namely – the standard Brio Satya and the sporty Brio RS version.
On the inside, the new generation Brio gets similar design and features that were introduced on the facelift model which was launched in 2016. The car now comes with a more up-class looking dashboard design which gets styling cues from the Honda Jazz premium hatchback.
When the under the hood mechanical bits are concerned, the new-gen Honda Brio does not get any changes and carries forward the same powertrains from the outgoing model. Thus, it comes equipped with the same 1.2 litre 4-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC petrol mill which is capable of generating a max power output of 90 PS along with a top torque of 110 Nm. The engine has been paired with a 5 speed manual or CVT gearbox option.
We would love to have the new-gen Honda Brio in the Indian car market, but there is yet no official word about the all ne Brio coming to India. Hopefully, Honda will offer some detail on the new Brio’s Indian arrival, after its official launch in Indonesia. The Honda Brio sells only in the car markets of India, Thailand and Indonesia.