City hatches aren’t usually the first cars to come to mind when we talk about sportiness. Usually, the segment focuses on basics like size, affordability, and practicality. Anything past that, like an energetic design, can be considered a plus.
Honda is looking to change this with the all-new Brio.
The Japanese carmaker launched the city-friendly hatchback last night and is pitching the vehicle as a hipper, sportier alternative to its competition.
Does the 2019 Honda Brio manage to pull it off? If we’re talking looks, the answer is a resounding yes. It looks worlds more athletic than its predecessor, especially in RS form. For starters, the hatch’s bug-eye headlights have been replaced with aggressive-looking units, and the huge, flat rear window has been ditched in favor of a more conventional one flanked by sleek taillights. The little Honda also runs on nice 14- or 15-inch alloy wheels and sports a new honeycomb grille up front.
The vehicle is also available in a variety of eye-catching colors. The photos you see here are of the hatch in Carnival Yellow, but you can get it in Phoenix Orange Pearl or Rallye Red, too. If you’re looking for something a little subtler, there’s Modern Steel Metallic and a clean Tafetta White.
It remains to be seen whether or not the car’s new engine and driving dynamics can match its energetic new look, but we’ll find out as soon as we get our hands on a test unit. For now, check out the photos of the 2019 Honda Brio from its official Philippine launch. You can also read our Launch Pad feature here, and get more info on the variants and the special introductory prices here.