Last week, we reported that Honda Cars Philippines is bringing in its Toyota Wigo competitor, the Brio. Now we can report that HCPI is also bringing in the Brio’s sedan twin, also known as the Amaze. Honda has invited Top Gear to an event next week, and in the e-mail invitation HCPI officially stated that the Brio and the Brio Amaze--the latter is what the Brio sedan will be called in our market--will be previewed to a select group of media.
Based on the press photos we have (and this could still change when we see the final Philippine-spec unit), the Brio Amaze looks just as good--maybe even a little more balanced--as its hatchback sibling. And since the Philippine market seems to favor sedans over hatches, this car will definitely find favor with Filipino buyers.
The Brio Amaze will be powered by the same 1.3-liter i-VTEC mill found in the Brio hatchback. Hence, it will have the same figures of 98hp and 128Nm. If Honda’s sporty DNA filters down to this small sedan, we expect nothing less than nimble handling from it. The event invite from HCPI says the media preview next week will showcase both Brios models' "class-leading performance," so expect some driving feedback from us soon.
The Brio and the Brio Amaze are technically HCPI’s fourth and fifth new-product launches this year (after the Accord, the City and the Jazz). These small Hondas will be introduced to the public at the 5th Philippine International Motor Show, happening on September 18-21. It’s definitely a sign that the small-car segment is heating up.