The new Honda Brio has made its world debut at the 2018 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS). The second-generation A-segment hatchback replaces the original Brio that first surfaced in 2011. Honda’s entry-level model is big in Indonesia, Thailand and India, among other emerging markets.

UPDATE: The article has been updated with more information following the full reveal of the new Honda Brio.

The new Brio is based on the Honda Small RS Concept that was shown at the 2018 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) in April, and the production car you see here is a largely faithful copy of the showcar. Like the concept car, the Brio you see in these pics is the sporty RS variant.

Sharper in appearance compared to the car it replaces, the new Brio’s face features a bold chrome front grille, while the angular headlamps replace the previous bug-eyed-style units. The bumper looks largely unchanged from before, with fog lamps retaining their places within the cordoned off corner sections.

Similarly, the interior hasn’t changed from the Brio facelift that was revealed in 2016, with a dashboard in the style of the Jazz. In fact, it is a carbon copy of the car it replaces, where many aspects are carried over like the shape of the steering wheel, air-con vents, air-conditioning switchgear and instrument binnacle. Nonetheless, there are updates to the head unit and RS variants get special trim and additional badging inside.

For the Indonesian market, the Brio (a Low Cost Green Car in the country) will be available in a total of five variants – S, E, E CVT, RS and RS CVT. All of them are powered by a Euro 4-compliant 1.2 litre four-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC engine making 90 PS at 6,000 rpm and 110 Nm at 4,800 rpm, paired to either a five-speed manual or CVT.

Equipment-wise, the entry-level S variant, which is available with a manual gearbox only, comes with halogen headlamps with LED light guides, 14-inch steel wheels, a double DIN head unit, single-zone air-conditioning with a digital display, dual front airbags and ABS with EBD.

Meanwhile, the mid-range E variants (MT and CVT) add on 14-inch alloys, front fog lamps and steering audio controls. The range-topping RS variants (MT and CVT) are noticeable different with 15-inch alloy wheels, black front grille and roof, power retractable side mirrors with LED indicators, a dedicated rear bumper with faux diffuser and side skirting.

Seven colour options are offered, including Crystal Black Pearl, Taffeta White, Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Attract Yellow Pearl, Rallye Red and Phoenix Orange Pearl (Brio RS only).

The sedan sister to this car, the Amaze, made its debut in India in February. Malaysia has never had the Brio, with the Jazz being the entry point to the H brand in our market. Like what you see?


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