Japanese carmaker Honda has revealed the all-new second-generation Brio hatchback at the 2018 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) in Jakarta. The new 2018 Brio is based on the Small RS concept that Honda had unveiled earlier this year at the 2018 Indonesia International Motor Show. The new Brio was showcased in two guises, the regular Brio and the sporty Brio RS.
In terms of styling, the second-generation Brio gets an updated front bumper similar to the one found on the Mobilio MPV sold in Indonesia with the grille featuring a chrome section connecting both headlamps to the Honda badge at the centre.
At the sides, is where you start to see the major differences between the first-gen Brio and its successor. The rear doors are a lot larger than before and the rear overhang is longer as well. Move to the back and the biggest change in the new hatchback takes centre stage with the new car getting a fully-fledged tailgate compared to glass hatch at the back of the old Brio.
The Brio RS gets a few extra tweaks to differentiate it from the regular car including a blacked-out grille and sporty alloy on the outside. The interiors of both Brio versions look similar to the one found on the Jazz, with the RS getting a touchscreen infotainment system with highlights surrounding the AC vents and on the dash.
Under the hood of the new second-gen Brio RS sits the same 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine from the original Brio that cranks out 89bhp and 110Nm of torque in the Indonesian-spec model. The engine comes mated to either a five-speed manual or a CVT automatic gearbox which sends power to the front wheels. We can assume that the Brio RS gets the same engine as well, as Honda has not revealed any other powertrain option at the GIIAS 2018.
However, those of you looking to drive the second-generation Brio on Indian roads may not see that happen as the first-gen Brio has been a slow seller in the Indian market, and for Honda to bring back the hatchback to India, it will need to have a rather miraculous change of heart as the low numbers don’t help its case.