A-segment saloon receives a redesigned body and sits on an all-new platform.

Honda seems persistent with the Brio Amaze…

While the Honda Brio Amaze hasn’t exactly been a success story in Thailand, it is so in India. Which is why they chose to premiere the second-generation model at this week’s Delhi Auto Expo.

As seen here in official pictures, the A-segment Brio Amaze sports a similar grille design as in the B-segment City saloon. In fact, Honda is now trying to introduce a common face across its model range.

Although the Brio hatchback appeared two years earlier than its saloon sibling in first-gen form, it wasn’t shown at the Indian car show.

What’s the interior like?

Unfortunately, Honda hasn’t issued any pictures of the Brio Amaze’s interior. However, the maker stresses that an all-new platform underpins the budget saloon, which has a similar 4m-long body as in the outgoing model.

No technical details of the engine have been disclosed either, although Honda is promising better fuel efficiency than ever. The first-gen model, which is still lurking in Thai showrooms, is powered by 90hp 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that’s hooked up with a CVT automatic transmission.

Will Honda continue selling it in Thailand?

Honda says the Brio Amaze, which has been developed by its RD unit in Thailand, will go on sale in India in fiscal year 2018-2019. A spokesperson at the Thai Honda office said: “For the time being, there’s no plan of selling [the Brio Amaze in Thailand].

Today’s Brio Amaze (and the Brio hatch) has been built to Ecocar Phase I rules in Thailand. But it’s A-segment size, inferior perceived quality and prices nearly matching B-segment cars have seemingly been a deterrent in showrooms.

It’s most likely that Honda will make the next-generation City and Jazz, due in 2019, suitable for Ecocar Phase II regs because all players from Mazda, Nissan, Suzuki and Toyota are B-segment saloons and hatchbacks.

News Reporter

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