About a week ago, we revealed that the all-new, second-generation Honda Brio is now on its way to the Philippines, and we’re privileged to be the second country to receive Honda’s latest small hatchback. The wait is finally over as the Honda Brio is now officially on sale in the Philippines.
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. The front carries Honda’s Solid Wing Face grille, reminiscent of the Honda Mobilio on which it shares its platform. The sleek grille is flanked by slim headlights with LED guide lights which give it a more modern look. Whereas the previous generation looked quite quirky due to its glass rear hatch and bulbous design, this new one looks more conventional and straightforward. It still has a rounded appearance, but its proportions focus more on providing plenty of interior space. The glass hatch had its fair share of praises and criticisms, so the new Honda Brio now has a conventional rear tailgate design. The new RS variant features 15-inch alloy wheels, a black roof, side skirts, as well as the obligatory RS badging.
The interior has a more upscale and better quality feel than the model it replaces. It now has a more angular design similar to what is in the Honda Mobilio, including the digital manual aircon controls. The gauges have a more straightforward look while opting for the RS variant adds orange gauges with RS badging, orange interior trimmings, as well as front seats with adjustable headrests replacing the semi-bucket seats of the E variant. A 7-inch touch screen infotainment is standard on the V and RS variants, while only the RS variant has a six-speaker audio system.
As we have mentioned before, the Brio is powered by the 1.2-liter inline-4 (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.
In terms of safety, all variants have dual SRS airbags, as well as ABS with EBD.
There are four variants of the Honda Brio, and these are their following prices. Unlike what our source previously said before wherein a manual RS will be available, the fourth variant is apparently the RS black top. The manual is only available in the base 1.2 S.
1.2 RS Black Top Navi CVT: P732,000
1.2 RS Navi CVT: P727,000
1.2 V CVT: P646,000
1.2 S MT: P585,000