Honda has unveiled the new second generation Honda Brio hatchback in Indonesia at the ongoing GIIAS in Indonesia. The new Honda Brio is based on the compact RS concept that was showcased earlier this year. It shares its underpinnings with the Amaze that was launched in India a few months ago.
The new Honda Brio has received comprehensive styling updates. This includes an aggressive front fascia, dual tone machined alloys and conventional rear end. Gone is the rear end that was filled mostly with the windscreen. The tail lights eerily look similar to the new Ford Figo and Tata Tiago’s units. The cabin is inspired by the Honda Jazz. The aircon units have a touch panel and there is also an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Space is said to be enhanced in this new Brio and will be better than before.
As far as engine options go, Honda offers the Brio with a 1.2-litre petrol engine in Indonesia. This same engine is also used in the Indian Brio. The 1.2-litre petrol i-VTEC unit makes 90PS of power and 110Nm of torque. It can be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or a CVT. Honda claims to have retuned the engine for better fuel efficiency. No numbers were quoted though. In the Philippines market, Honda also uses a 1.5-litre engine for the Brio.
History of the Honda Brio
When the Honda Brio was first launched in India in 2012, the car was met with mixed responses. It had a high price tag and the competition was better prepared to take it on too. Honda introduced a mild facelift of the car sometime last year. However, the sales still remained tepid. It is likely that as and when the Brio comes to India, it will also get a diesel engine under the hood. The competition now includes the Tata Tiago, Maruti Celerio and the Hyundai Grand i10.