Honda Motors has recently unveiled the second generation model of the Brio hatchback in Indonesia. The second-gen Brio get the similar treatment as that of its compact sedan sibling, the Amaze which launched in India in its new generation model earlier this year. While Honda Motor has yet not revealed any word about the launch of the new generation Brio in India, the model is likely to come to our market in the latter half of 2019.
Take a look at the differences between the first-gen and second-gen models of the Honda Brio:
The new-gen Brio has grown in size. The previous generation Honda Brio has a length of 3610 mm, while the new-gen model has grown 205 mm longer at 3815 mm. This considerable length increase will definitely offer more interior space and better leg space. The older and the new model have identical width at 1680mm. The first-gen model is 1500 mm tall, while the new-gen is slightly shorter at 1485 mm. The new-gen Brio gets a larger wheelbase as well at 2345 mm, as compared to the first-gen model’s 2345 mm wheelbase. The new-gen model also offers a bigger 258 litre boot space as compared to its predecessor’s 175 litre boot area.
This means that the new-gen Honda Brio has been improved in terms of interior space and boot area; these were the areas which the first-gen Brio was criticized for. As Honda has addressed these problem areas in the all new model, it should receive better customer response when it launches in India.
Honda has adopted a more matured and conventional styling for both the new-gen Amaze and its small hatch sibling new Brio. The first-gen Brio got lot of initial attention for its trendy, new-age and a bit off-beat styling, but soon it was criticized as being impractical especially in the Indian market. The new-gen Brio looks stylish with a more matured feel and adopts a more conventional design approach ditching the off-beat looks.
All the stlying characteristics of the previous-gen Honda Brio like the short nose, teardrop headlights and above all the all-glass boot lid, have been dropped on the new-gen model.
The all new Honda Brio gets a bit flat and elongated bonnet, latest Honda grille design, stylish upward sweeping headlights and a conventional sculpted boot lid. The side profile is neater and comes with larger rear doors owing to larger wheelbase. The car’s roofline is now more sloping and thus a bit lower than before, while the antenna is now positioned at the rear.
The Indonesia-spec all new Honda Brio surprisingly doesn’t come with a noteworthy feature update over its predecessor. The cabin looks pretty much the same with the same dashboard design. The introduced model gets an audio system with Bluetooth, while the higher variants get a 6.1 inch touchscreen infotainment system. The all new model gets regular halogen multi-reflector headlamps along with LED light guide, 14 or 15 inch wheels depending on model, ABS with EBD and dual-front airbags.
For the Indian car market, the all new Brio might borrow a few features from the new-gen Amaze which gets a fully overhauled interior. The Amaze gets the new Honda 7 inch Digipad 2 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, passive keyless entry with pushbutton start/stop, auto climate control and more.
The all new Honda Brio carries forward the same 1.2L i-VTEC petrol mill from the first-gen model. The petrol engine offers 90 PS of power and 110 Nm and is paired with a standard 5 speed manual and a 7 speed CVT gearbox options in the Indonesia-spec Brio.