2021 Honda Brio: Expectations and what we know so far

Updated Dec 22, 2020 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

A refreshed version of the Brio could still be far from reality.

If you haven’t heard by now, the Honda Brio Amaze is no longer included in HCPI’s lineup. There are different speculations as to why the Brio Amaze was removed from the lineup, but HCPI hasn’t confirmed any of them.

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Luckily for the Honda Brio, the 5-door hatchback is still included in the local lineup. This could mean that HCPI still has exciting plans for the Brio. However, HCPI hasn’t released any statement regarding the updates for the 2021 model of the Brio.

As a review, the Honda Brio debuted in 2011 and was introduced in the local market at the 2014 Philippine International Motor Show. And in 2018, the second-generation Brio was introduced in Southeast Asian countries such as the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

Initially, the importer of the Honda Brio was Thailand but was reassigned to Indonesia in March 2019 due to falling demands in some markets. With that in mind, we can expect the changes in the Indo-spec Brio to be brought in the country, but just like HCPI, both haven’t released any new updates. For now, here are some of the things we can expect from the upcoming 2021 Honda Brio.

2021 Honda Brio: Exterior

Right off the bat, you will notice that the Brio is a well-designed hatchback. Honda is successful in making the Honda Brio look sporty and flashy especially with the added kits found in the RS variant. This variant offers 15-inch RS alloy wheels, an RS badge on the front grille, black trims on the rear bumper and grille, and a blacked-out roof.

Honda Brio RS front view

The 2020 Honda Brio RS

The design of the current Brio has a high probability to stay as is. As such, we think that the exterior features of the said subcompact hatchback will still be the same through next year.

Moreover, the second-generation Brio is only three years old. Honda could launch a refreshed version of it sometime in 2022 or even 2023.

2021 Honda Brio: Interior

Prior to the unveiling of the new Honda Civic, we got patent images of the interior and exterior features of the compact sedan. We learned that the new interior of the Civic will come with a cleaner design finish. And yes, the patent images were right.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for the Brio hatchback. No news and speculations were made as to how the interior of the Brio will look like for 2021. This means that it will still be running with the same black interior, while the RS variant gets orange stitching and trims.

Interior view of the Honda Brio RS

The orange trims on the RS variant are a good touch

For the top-spec RS variant, the seat material used is still fabric just like the base S variant. It would be great to see leather seats even in the RS variants since the hatchback is marketed to be an affordable alternative to the Honda Jazz.

2021 Honda Brio: Engine and Performance

The current Brio HCPI offers in the local market use a 1.2-liter gasoline engine capable of making 89 hp and 110 Nm of torque for all variants. The engine is paired to either a 5-speed manual transmission for the base S variant or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the rest of the Brio variants.

Honda Brio RS top view

The blacktop Brio RS variant will cost you an extra Php 5,000

If we can add something to the fray, it would be the 1.3-liter gasoline engine seen on the previous Brio models. This engine is capable of making higher power outputs of 99 hp and 128 Nm of torque. However, since the Brio is sold as a practical and affordable option in the country, it is unlikely to see this engine. The 1.3-liter engine could be added at least to the RS variant for a sportier feel, who knows.

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2021 Honda Brio: On-board tech and safety features

Honda adding new tech and safety features for the Brio hatchback is highly unlikely. Added tech features would significantly increase the price range of the Brio, which is probably something HCPI is refraining from happening.

This means that the 2021 Honda Brio is expected to still run with the same 7-inch capacitive touchscreen connected with four speakers plus two tweeters for the V and RS variants. Meanwhile, the S variant uses a 1-Din audio connected with four speakers.

Honda Brio infotainment screen

It will still likely be equipped with the same 7-inch touchscreen

As for safety, next year’s Brio is expected to still be equipped with dual SRS airbags, an anti-lock braking system (ABS), a security alarm, and an immobilizer. These safety features are enough for a vehicle marketed to be an entry-level vehicle.

2021 Honda Brio: Final thoughts

The current Brio sold in the country is the second-generation model that debuted in 2018. As such, it’s safe to say that Honda is not yet planning on launching a refreshed Brio anytime soon. In fact, if you do the math, we can expect a new Honda Brio in 2022 or even 2023.

Despite not having potential updates as of this writing, we still think that the Honda Brio is a strong contender for entry-level hatchbacks. The sporty style, practicality, and affordability are what will keep the Honda Brio in its place in the local market.

Honda Brio front view

2020 Honda Brio base S variant

Looking at the numbers, the Honda Brio is the top-selling vehicle in Indonesia. Moreover, the Brio is the third best-selling vehicle in the local Honda lineup in 2019. That said, Honda will likely focus more on improving its other vehicles.

2021 Honda Brio: Expected price

HCPI offers two hatchbacks in the local market, namely the Brio and Jazz. The Jazz comes with larger dimensions and more features, while the Brio is marketed to be the entry-level vehicle of the Japanese marque.

This means that we can expect that the Brio will still be sold at the same price point as it is for this year. The base S 1.2 MT variant is offered with a Php 601,000 price tag and goes up to Php 730,000 for the RS 1.2 CVT variant (Php 735,000 if you want the blacktop RS variant).

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Know more about Honda Brio

Honda Brio

The Honda Brio was a compact Jazz look-alike that was first launched in 2011. The Brio’s design was originally intended for the developing markets in Thailand and India. Both countries are the first ones to manufacture the Brio. This eventually led the Brio to earn a preview as the New Small Concept. In Thailand, Honda made the Brio available in 2011 in response to a government-funded eco-car program. While in India, the Brio was produced by Honda's subsidiary company, known as HCIL or Honda Cars India Ltd. The manufacturing process took place in its facilities in Greater Noida. Most of the parts used to make the Brio were bought from Indian suppliers. As for the Philippines, the first time that the Brio made a touchdown was sometime in 2014. Honda Cars Philippines or also known as HCPI, was expected to release one of the cutest compact hatchbacks from the Japanese manufacturer September that year. The brand certainly didn’t disappoint. In fact, the first Brios were equipped with a decent 1.3L i-VTEC engine. This provided the Brio with 98 horsepower and 128 Nm.

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