Honda Motor Company have revealed the second generation of their hatchback, the Brio. The world premiere of the new Brio took place at the 2018 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) held in Jakarta. The company also revealed the RS version of the second-gen Brio, which is also being considered for India.
Design-wise, the new Brio is based on the ‘Small RS Concept’ that Honda showcased at the Indonesia International Motor Show in April. The car carries forward a practical and a grown-up design compared to the first-generation Brio. On the front, the car receives a chrome grille with swept-back headlamps, and a significantly tweaked bumper.
The rear no longer sports an all-glass boot lid, instead giving way for a more practical and conventional tailgate. Coming to the Brio RS, it will sport a blacked-out grille, side skirts, diamond-cut alloy wheels and a rear faux diffuser. The cabin consists of an all-black dashboard with some chrome bits which make it look attractive.
Features include LED daytime running lights, a 2-DIN audio system, a 6.1 inch touchscreen infotainment system and so on. As far as its safety is concerned, the Brio gets ABS with EBD, dual airbags as standard and a brake assist function. We can expect the India-spec model to get these amenities when Honda launches it.
Engine-wise, the second-gen Brio comes with a 1.2-litre i-VTEC, four-cylinder petrol engine. This engine gives 89 BHP of power and 110 Nm of torque. It comes mated either to a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed CVT.
There is a possibility of Honda not bringing the second-gen Brio here, given the slow sales of the first-generation model. It looks likely to be launched because of Honda’s plans to launch as many as six models by 2020. These include the CR-V and the Civic, which will come this year, along with a premium SUV scheduled for a launch next year.
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