2019 Honda Brio Concept (Maruti Swift rival) makes global debut

The all-glass hatch lid has been ditched in favor of a conventional sheet metal door.

The cheerful Honda Brio hardly features in a hatchback buyers’ shortlist in Africa but the Japanese car maker has been enjoying much better success with the car in other Southeast Asian markets like Thailand and Indonesia. At the Indonesia International Motor Show 2018, Honda unveiled the Small RS hot hatchback concept which serves as a precursor to the next generation Brio.

While the current generation Brio settles for an understated appearance, it’s successor, if the Small RS concept is anything to go by, would opt for an aggressive design. The bold front fascia with prominent grille, large headlamps and dual-tone bumper makes for a sporty appeal. There is definitely a connection with the recently updated Mobilio (which is no longer on sale in Africa).

The profile too is much different from the current car and has a more dynamic character. The rear fascia is composed of a massive roof-mounted spoiler, a conventional hatch door made of rear windshield and sheet metal (the existing model employs an all-glass lid) and chrome-tipped dual exhaust pipes.

The 2019 Honda Brio Concept looks almost production ready, signalling that the next gen Honda Brio is not far away from it’s debut. The hatchback’s interior is expected to be carried forward from the new Amaze albeit with a different color theme.

The existing 1.2-litre four-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine which produces 88 PS and 109 Nm of torque would continue to be in service. The motor will be paired with a standard 5-speed manual gearbox while a CVT is likely to be offered as an option as well.

We expect the next generation Honda Brio to be launched in Africa sometime in the second half of this year.

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