Last week, at the Indonesia International Motor Show, Honda unveiled the Small RS hatchback concept, a car that previews the next-generation Brio. Based on this concept, the first renders of the next-gen Brio have started appearing on the internet. Here’s what the all-new, next-generation Brio hatchback could look like.
The car does have some hints of the 2018 Honda Amaze’s design in it, especially the headlamps and the front grille. Thereafter, the design is quite different from that of the new Amaze, and this is a good thing considering the fact that cars have begun looking too similar to their siblings.
The all-new Brio is likely to retain its small footprint, which makes it an excellent city car. However, expect it to become more spacious in its latest iteration. The new car is likely to use the new platform that Honda has introduced on the all-new, 2018 Amaze.
However, the new Brio may not come to India as Honda is moving away from the hatchback space in the Indian market. The Jazz is likely to be the only hatchback that Honda sells in India. Other South East Asian car markets such as Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia are likely to get the all-new Brio.
Coming to the mechanicals, we expect the new Brio to continue operating with the 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol engine with 87 Bhp and 110 Nm as standard fare. 5 speed manual and CVT automatic gearboxes are likely to be on offer with this engine. A front wheel drive layout will be standard, and so will be twin airbags and ABS.
A diesel engine is not likely on this car as it’s anyway not meant for India – the only market in South East Asia where diesel still has big demand. The new Brio could make it to serial production by the end of this year, with a market launch likely in early 2019 in most South East Asian countries. The car is likely to continue being priced at the same levels as the current model.