Should Honda PH bring in the Brio RS Urbanite Edition?

Updated Apr 26, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It’s a sportier take on the small Honda hatchback. 

Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) has the second-generation Brio as its contender in the small hatchback category, headlined by the RS flagship trim. In its home market of Indonesia (where our units are sourced from), the Brio now has a new range-topper in the RS Urbanite Edition.    

Honda Brio RS Urbanite Edition

Honda Indonesia unveiled the latest trim level for its best-selling Brio small hatchback

Positioned towards a young consumer demographic, the new trim level adds sporty exterior touches to the small hatchback. The tailgate comes with a wing spoiler up top and an Urbanite badge as standard, along with 15-inch matte black alloy wheels

The RS Urbanite Edition also carries other bits found on the RS, namely the front, side, and rear under spoilers with diffuser. These are rendered in black, along with the exterior mirrors and door handles. Completing the look are the Phoenix Orange Pearl Two Tone and Carnival Yellow Two Tone body colors, now joined by Tafetta White Two Tone and Crystal Black Pearl.      

Even the cabin has been brought over from the RS trim, including amenities such as the generous luggage space and 6.2-inch touchscreen display audio. Power comes through a 1.2-liter i-VTEC 4-cylinder engine rated at 89 horsepower and 110 Nm of torque, with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a continuously variable transmission diverting the output to the front wheels. 

Honda Brio RS Urbanite Edition rear

The exterior enhancements give it a sportier look

Standard safety equipment includes dual airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and rear parking sensors, all underpinned by Honda’s G-CON + ACE body structure. 

These enhancements reflect the Brio’s status in the Indonesian market, having sold more than 435,000 units overall as of April 2022. The model reportedly posted the highest sales figures in Indonesia for 2020 and continues to lead the LCGC (low cost green car) and city car segments. 

Honda Indonesia is offering the new Brio RS Urbanite Edition starting at IDR 225,900,000 (Php 820,138) for the 5-speed manual variant, going up to IDR 235,900,000 (Php 856,443) for the CVT. Do you think that HCPI should bring this model here?  

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Know more about Honda Brio 2023

Honda Brio

The Honda Brio 2023 is the Japanese automaker's entry to the local hatchback segment alongside the newly-introduced Honda City hatchback. It is considered to be the small hatchback option, while the new City hatchback is on the more premium option of the brand. In consideration of its price points ranging from PHP 680,000 to PHP 838,000, the small hatchback is regarded as the entry-level vehicle of the Japanese carmaker. It is available in three variants, including a Black Top option for the top-of-the-line RS variant. Under the hood, a 1.2-liter i-VTEC gasoline engine is standard across the range, delivering 89 hp and 110 Nm of torque. Depending on the variant, the engine can be paired to either a 5-speed manual or an Earth Dreams continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Brio Philippines offers dimensions that span 3,815 mm in length, 1,680 mm in width, and 1,485 mm in height. Rivals in the hatchback segment include the Toyota Wigo, Kia Picanto, and Suzuki Swift.

In Thailand, Honda first introduced the Brio in 2011 in response to a government-funded eco-car program. While in India, the small hatchback was produced by Honda's subsidiary company known as Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL). The manufacturing process took place in its facilities in Greater Noida. Most of the parts used to make the model were brough from Indian suppliers. And in 2014, HCPI debuted the Honda Brio in the local market which provided Filipino car buyers with an affordable and sporty-looking hatchback. The PH-spec model is currently on its second-generation version and consists of the base S variant, mid-spec V variant, and top-of-the-line RS variant.

₱ 680,000 - ₱ 838,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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