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Honda has unveiled their second-generation Brio at the 2018 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show.

While it would be fair to call the original Brio’s design somewhat ‘quirky’, the new Brio sports a more mature look – almost Honda Jazz-like. Much like the Amaze sedan that was unveiled earlier this year, the new Brio sports a more elongated side profile. The most noticeable change is out back, as the Brio now gains regular styled taillights and bins the glass bootlid in favour of conventional tailgate.

In terms of size, the new Brio gains an additional 205mm of length to 3,815mm, with its wheelbase growing by 60mm to 2,405mm. Interestingly, it remains the same width at 1,680mm, whilst the compact car is now 15mm lower at 1,485mm. And thanks to the increase in length, this means a more spacious interior than before, and more luggage space, which has increased by a staggering 83 litres to 258 litres.

Powering the new Brio is said to be the same 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol motor from its predecessor. Outputs now stand at 66kw and 110nm – up from 65kw and 109nm on the current SA-spec Brio. The motor will be mated to a 5-speed manual as standard, or an optional 7-speed CVT transmission. Honda SA will confirm local specification closer to its introduction.

While Honda SA has yet to confirm when the new Brio and its Amaze sibling will be launched locally, expect it to happens towards the end of 2018 or in early 2019. The new Honda Brio will go up against the new Suzuki Swift, the new Ford Figo, the Volkswagen Polo Vivo and the Toyota Etios.

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