Honda has refreshed its Brio model lineup in Indonesia – new variants of the compact hatch have been introduced, including the entry-level Satya variant that has come about in response to the country’s Low Cost Green Car (LCGC) programme, and the 1.2 litre finally makes its way into that market.
The Brio was first introduced in Indonesia last August as the automaker’s first offering in the city car segment. It made its debut in 1.3 litre i-VTEC form, the 100 PS and 127 Nm four-cylinder unit being available with CVT or five-speed manual transmission choices.
The 1.3 continues on, and is now joined by the 88 PS and 109 Nm 1.2 litre SOHC lump that was first seen on the Brio in Thailand. The current range thus comprises the Brio Sports (E grade only), the Brio 1.2 (S and E model grades) as well as the Brio Satya 1.2, which is available in three trim line grades (A, S, and E). The Brio 1.2 is available only in auto transmission form, while the Brio Satya is only available with a manual transmission.
The Brio Satya is entirely produced in Indonesia, with 85% local content, and is the automaker’s cheapest model in that market. Cheap it may be, but there’s much pride in it. The car wears a suffix and logo created specifically for Indonesia – the Satya name comes from the Sanskrit word meaning “sincere” or “faithful,” and the car also bears a logo that takes the form of the jasmine, the country’s national flower.
It’s also quite well specified. All the Brio Satyas are equipped with dual airbags, and for the range-topping E grade, the kit list includes fog lamps, rear wiper, 14-inch alloys and a double-DIN CD/MP3 player with USB/iPod connectivity.
Pricing for the revised 2013 Indonesian Brio lineup starts from 106 million Rupiah (RM30,100) for the Type-A Brio Satya and tops out at 179 million Rupiah (RM50,800) for the Brio Sports E automatic.