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A new Honda Brio is in town, and the big deal’s in the space-cum-sporty combo

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile unit in the Philippines, introduced this April 23 the All-New 2019 Honda Brio as its entry to the A-segment passenger car category in the Philippines, and a response to customers who aspire to own and experience Honda’s signature sporty and practical characteristics in an affordable package.

Now on its 2nd generation, The All-New Brio was developed based on the grand concept “Proud Over Class”. The concept stemmed from the intention to improve aspects of the vehicle that its users need. With this, the All-New Brio was developed to be a class above its segment with significant improvements, specifically with its dimensions.

Given its compact exterior dimensions, the All-New Brio now gets an additional 60mm of extended wheelbase and 90mm of extended cargo area compared to its predecessor. This allows the new Brio to have a larger interior space that can accommodate a bigger rear seat for a spacious rear passenger cabin and bigger trunk space that can easily accommodate large items while maintaining a compact body size for easier maneuverability.

The new Brio exudes that spacious interior feel. Given the extended wheelbase, the rear passenger legroom now provides a more comfortable rear cabin space with added legroom compared to its predecessor. The new Brio also manages to allow 258 liters of cargo space with the rear seats up, thanks to its additional extended cargo area. Given its hatchback body style, cargo capacity can be increased to 710 liters with the rear seats folded down. This flexible interior space allows the new Brio to carry various cargo given its compact body size.

The new Brio boasts a dynamic and mature exterior styling aligned with the “Proud Over Class” grand concept. This aims to provide a sleek and sporty profile emphasizing low center of gravity and wide stance for Honda’s A-segment hatchback. The new Brio sports a strong sporty front fascia that blends with its character lines, featuring a honeycomb front grille and multi-reflector halogen headlights with LED parking light guides, which contributes to a wider look and strong sense of motion with a sporty expression.

At the rear, the new Brio now features a new tailgate, allowing it to maintain excellent rear visibility and provide improved body rigidity, which helps improve stiffness of the body structure while providing safety for passengers. In addition, new rear combination lamps with rear reflectors are also found at the back. The large external red lenses of the tail and brake lights expand to the edge of the vehicle, emphasizing the Brio’s rear wide stance. The new Brio sits on 14-inch alloy wheels for the 1.2 V CVT variant, offering a sporty feeling with its triple dynamic design complementing its sleek and sporty stance.

The interior design of the new Brio revolves around the direction of “comfort, harmonize and high-quality”, which is expressed in its space as well as the high-quality interior materials that provide a sporty yet comfortable interior feel. A number of technology features has also found its way to the new subcompact hatchback. For added convenience, the new Brio now features manual air conditioning with digital display.

For the in-car entertainment, two different audio head unit options can be found at the center: a 7-inch touchscreen audio system for the 1.2 V CVT, and a 1-Din Audio head unit for the 1.2 S MT. The two audio systems, despite their difference, provide a more intuitive entertainment functionality, allowing passengers to connect their devices via Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming or connect their devices via USB port connection, which would allow various multimedia devices to be controlled through the audio systems.

With its popularity as a sport compact car in the Southeast Asian market, the new Brio RS variant was developed to express Honda’s Sporty Spirit based on the Small RS Concept previewed last 2018. The RS variant aims to enhance the sporty exterior design of the new Brio, which represents Honda’s vision of a small sporty car. The new Brio RS features an aggressive sporty exterior design with its RS Design Piano Black front grille, RS Design 15-inch alloy wheels, RS Design side sill garnish and rear bumper garnish, and tailgate spoiler. All of these added features give the new Brio a more enhanced sporty exterior look.

Complementing the enhanced sporty exterior, the interior of the new Brio RS also emphasizes Honda’s sporty image. Inside, the variant’s RS design interior with orange accents is highly emphasized on both dashboard and door trims. Paired with black fabric seats with orange accents, this gives the driver and passenger a sportier and high-quality appearance. Further enhancing the overall passenger experience, the new Brio RS also features a 7-inch touchscreen audio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity for audio streaming. However, compared to the other variants, the new Brio RS features a 6-speaker audio set up inclusive of additional two tweeters which allows a more enhanced audio experience.

Completing the sporty image of the new Brio RS, a 2-Tone Black Top RS variant featuring the RS-exclusive Phoenix Orange Pearl color found in other Honda RS models will be available together with other colors for the 1.2 RS Black Top CVT Variant.

Powering the All-New Brio is a new 1.2 Liter 4-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC engine that produces a maximum power of 90 ps at 6,000 rpm and 11.2 kg-m of torque (110 Nm) at 4,800 rpm. This is mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) developed based on Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology.

The engine and transmission combined provide a smooth, powerful off-the-line acceleration and efficient fuel economy for Honda’s new small hatchback. A 5-speed MT option is available for the 1.2 S MT Variant.

In terms of safety, the new Brio boasts a four-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating as it comes equipped with the essential active and passive vehicle safety features. Honda’s G-CON technology enhances impact absorption for the added protection of passengers in an event of a collision. In addition, all variants of the new Brio get dual front driver and front passenger SRS airbags and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) as standard. All of these give the driver and passengers peace of mind while on the road.

The new Brio will be available at all 38 Honda dealerships nationwide. The available colors are: Phoenix Orange (new and exclusive to the 1.2 RS Black Top CVT); Carnival Yellow (new and exclusive to the 1.2 RS Black Top CVT and 1.2 V CVT); Rallye Red (exclusive to the 1.2 V CVT and 1.2 S MT only); Modern Steel Metallic (1.2 RS CVT, 1.2 V CVT and 1.2 S MT), and; Taffeta White.

Honda will be offering the new Honda Brio at the following introductory prices until this June: P732,000 (1.2 RS Black Top Navi CVT);  P727,000 (1.2 RS Navi CVT); P646,000 (1.2 V CVT), and; P585,000 (1.2 S MT).

Visit any of the authorized Honda dealerships, or log on to www.hondaphil.com.