Remember the Small RS Concept that Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) showcased during the 2018 Philippine International Auto Show? That’s basically the 2019 Honda Brio that debuted in Indonesia last year sans some aesthetic upgrades.
Public reception has been tremendous since news about it surfaced online and after its PIMS debut. Now, those who have been waiting for the small hatchback would be delighted with this news – HCPI is about to launch the refreshed Brio very soon.
Honda Cars dealerships have been sending a “teaser” of the 2019 Brio. Even better, it comes with its starting price, which will be at P650,000. Considering how HCPI creates its lineup, it’s most likely that this price would be for the base S manual transmission variant. To give you an idea, the current Brio S MT is priced at P642,000 while the range-topper V Navi AT sells for P801,000.
The 2019 Honda Brio will follow the current Honda design language that the Jazz, Mobilio, BR-V, and City possess. It features a sharper fascia and a more angular wing grille than before, giving the small hatchback a sporty look. At the rear, the pizza taillights will be replaced with more standard upswept lamps. Inside, the Brio will have the same interior layout as the Jazz.
A range-topping RS variant will more likely be introduced in the country, just like what was introduced in Indonesia. If we will get the same configuration as what our neighbor has, the Brio RS will have a blacked-out chrome grille, a different wheel design, a rear spoiler and diffuser, and a black roof.
When asked about the exact launch of the 2019 Brio, Honda dealerships are adamant in saying that the date is confidential. However, our intuition tells us that it will be in April. Is Honda going to surprise us with a guest appearance at the 2019 Manila International Auto Show? We’ll see. And you can count on us to let you know once more information comes in.