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2018 Honda Brio: 5 Things You Need To Know


The second-gen Brio, which was unveiled at the 2018 GIIAS, is likely to come to India next year. So we bring you a list of five things that you need to know about the new hatchback

Honda Brio 2.0 Revealed In Indonesia, Headed To India?

Honda has unveiled the second-generation Brio at the ongoing Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show in Jakarta. Based on the Honda Small RS Concept unveiled earlier this year, the new hatchback looks significantly different to the one currently sold here. So let’s take a look at what’s changed.

1. Small Honda, Big Changes!

Honda Brio 2.0 Revealed In Indonesia, Headed To India?

The all-new Honda Brio looks nothing like the car it replaces.

Honda Brio 2.0 Revealed In Indonesia, Headed To India?

The all-glass boot lid of the first-gen Brio has been ditched in favour of a more conventional one, making the design seem a lot more mature The front end of the new Brio is very similar to the second-gen Amaze currently sold in India.

Honda Brio 2.0 Revealed In Indonesia, Headed To India?

Like the sedan, the new Brio gets headlamps with light guides too. It is also longer than before and features a new set of 14-inch alloy wheels. The sportier RS version features bigger alloy wheels and a sweet looking rear spoiler.

Honda Brio 2.0 Revealed In Indonesia, Headed To India?

Now let’s compare the dimensions of the outgoing model with the new one, shall we?

  First-gen (India-spec) Second-gen (Indonesia-spec)
Length 3610mm 3815mm (+205mm)
Width 1680mm 1680mm
Height 1500mm 1485mm (-15mm)
Wheelbase 2345mm 2405mm (+60mm)

2. All Too Familiar Cabin

Honda Brio 2.0 Revealed In Indonesia, Headed To India?

Step inside the cabin of the new Brio and you could easily mistake it for the outgoing model. That’s because the 2018 Brio gets the same functional dashboard as before. However, Honda claims that the new Brio offers more space when compared to its predecessor, especially in terms of the overall volume of the boot.

Honda Brio 2.0 Revealed In Indonesia, Headed To India?

And although the front seats look identical, the rear bench has been tweaked with the addition of adjustable headrests. The second-gen Amaze, on the other hand, gets an all-new dashboard setup and a new touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlayCaPlay connectivity. We wish the new Brio also featured the same.

3. More Features?

Honda Brio 2.0 Revealed In Indonesia, Headed To India?

Surprisingly, the new Brio’s feature list is quite bare bones, at least for the Indonesian market. It gets minimal features as a 2DIN music system, a manual AC, steering-mounted audio controls and a basic analogue instrument cluster. The RS variant packs in a touchscreen, red accents and a pair of tweeters as well.

4. i-VTEC Power!

Honda Brio 2.0 Revealed In Indonesia, Headed To India?

The new Brio continues to be powered by the 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that produces 90PS of power and 110Nm of torque. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a 7-step CVT. Although the RS variant gets the same engine, it is equipped with a retuned suspension that promises to offer a sportier driving experience. Honda is yet to reveal if the second-gen Brio will get the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel motor.

5. Expected Launch Date and Price

Honda Brio 2.0 Revealed In Indonesia, Headed To India?

While there’s no confirmation from Honda India regarding the new Brio, the manufacturer could choose to launch the hatchback in mid-2019. The India-spec Brio is due for an update and a new generation model might be just what Honda needs to reclaim lost ground in the segment. If launched, expect the new Brio to be priced in the range of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh. Also, we expect it to pack more features to take on established rivals such as the Maruti Suzuki Swift and the Hyundai Grand i10.

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    Rajendrakumar | 5 months ago Better limit the dimensions to a small car 3600x1550x1500 0 Reply
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