Japanese carmaker Honda Motor Company has revealed the second generation of the Brio hatchback at the ongoing 2018 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) in Jakarta. As expected, the 2018 Honda Brio features a bold design in line with the Small RS concept revealed at the 2018 Indonesia International Motor Show in April.
Honda has revealed the new Brio along with the jazzed up RS version and both the variants feature significantly matured design when compared to the outgoing version. The face of the hatchback gets new thick chrome grille flanked by sweptback headlamps that get LED daytime running lights.
The tweaked front bumper houses fog lamps. Overall, the changes up front are in line with the face-lifted Honda Mobilio MPV.
The side profile has been mostly carried over while the rear gets a complete makeover. The all-glass boot lid of the first generation Brio made way for a conventional tailgate. The move has taken away the quirky bit of the Brio while it looks more practical now. Interestingly, the rear of the new Brio looks identical to the new generation of the Ford Figo.
In addition, the Brio RS gets some sporty additions such as the blacked out grille, sharper looking front bumper, a faux diffuser at the rear, side skirts and diamond cut alloy wheels.
Inside the cabin, the dashboard looks similar to the one on updated Honda Jazz in India. The all-black dashboard is complemented with chrome touches and it looks contemporary. While the standard version gets a 2-DIN audio system, Brio RS boasts off 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
The new Honda Brio is powered by the updated 1.2-litre i-VTEC four-cylinder petrol engine that about 89bhp of power and 110Nm of peak torque. The mill comes mated to either 5-speed manual or a CVT options.
When will the 2018 Honda Brio come to India?
The first generation of the Brio was never a volume seller for Honda Cars in India. The company later shifted focus to the WR-V and Amaze, and announced its vision to stay as a premium carmaker. This may see the next generation Brio not coming to India. Instead, Honda Cars India will be focussing on the launch of new generation CR-V and Civic.