PT Honda Prospect Motor, which is the official importer, manufacturer, and distributor of Honda vehicles in Indonesia, has begun shipping the all-new Honda Brio to the Philippines. A news article has been posted on April 10, 2019, at Honda’s Indonesian website, which also states that the Philippines will be the first country outside Indonesia to receive the all-new Brio. We’re quite a special market it seems for Honda.
Previewed by the Honda Small RS Concept at the 2018 Philippine International Motor Show, the all-new Honda Brio retains most of the concept’s styling cues. The RS variant, in particular, stays relatively true to the sharply dressed concept that made its Philippine debut.
These all-new Honda Brios are completely-built units (CBU) from Karawang, Indonesia, and are now well on their way to Philippine ports. Luckily for you, our dear reader, we have just received information from a tipster regarding the Brio’s powerplant as well as prices.
The previous generation Brio was powered by the 1.3-liter i-VTEC (L13B) petrol engine, producing 98 hp and 119 Nm of torque, mated to either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic. Other markets meanwhile utilized the smaller 1.2-liter i-VTEC (L12B) petrol engine, producing 89 hp and 114 Nm of torque. This time around, the new Brio will use the smaller 1.2-liter engine, which will be mated to either a 5-speed manual or an Earth Dreams CVT.
Our tipster also mentioned that there will be two variants, specifically the base variant and an RS variant. Both the base and RS variants will be available in a manual or CVT, bringing the total variant count to four.
As for pricing, our tipster has also mentioned that the all-new Brio will start at P600,000 for the base variant with a manual transmission, while the RS with a CVT tops out at P750,000. With the official launch slated on April 23, 2019, it will not be too long until we finally see the all-new Honda Brio in the metal.