It is already known that Japanese auto major Honda is working on the next generation model of its popular Brio small hatchback. The company is likely to globally unveil the new generation Honda Brio at the 2018 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) in Jakarta. The 2018 GIIAS is slated to start from 2nd of August, 2018.
As per the latest reports, the new generation Honda Brio entry-level hatchback will be based on the styling of the Honda Small RS Concept model. Honda Motors showcased the Small RS Concept in April this year at the 2018 Indonesia International Motor Show.
The next generation Honda Brio hatchback model will be featuring a similar design language and overall shape as that of the Small RS Concept model. The Small RS Concept gained a lot of attention for its modern, stylish and sporty design language, and also for the fact that despite being a concept it looks very practical and pretty much production ready. Nevertheless, the production version model of the new Honda Brio hatchback will be giving a miss on the body kits as well as the faux diffusers which are parts of the Concept model only and won’t make it on the actual vehicle. So, there will actually be differences between the concept and the real hatchback model.
The design of the front fascia of the Honda Small RS Concept model features a large and stylish grille. This radiator grille design has been taken from the ne refreshed Mobilio MPV that is sold in the car market of Indonesia (Mobilio has been discontinued in India and the facelift model never made it here). The grille design flaunts a gloss piano black finish and there’s a housing for the Honda insignia at the centre. The front fascia of the small car also flaunts a large three part air intake that lends a sporty touch to the car’s face, while there are also stylish LED strips.
The Small RS Concept’s rear façade comes with a conventional hatch lid, which is in contrast to the glass hatch lid of the current generation Brio model. While Brio’s glass hatchlid looks highly stylish and unique, quite some customers shirked from buying the Brio in India, thinking that a glass tailgate will be highly fragile and risky. Thus, Honda decided to give this cool feature a miss and go the traditional way. The Concept model also features a bit bigger overhang, which hints at enhanced boot space to add to the practicality quotient.
The cabin of the next-gen Honda Brio is not yet revealed. The interior of the next-gen hatch is likely to be improved, but not expected to be really up-market, as it is the entry-level model from the house of Honda Motors. However, some premium features such as a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support can be expected on the new-gen Brio. The powertrain details for the all new Honda Brio are yet unknown. There are no words on the new-gen Brio’s expected India launch as well, but it might actually make it to our market.