Honda Brio Facelift Overview Honda Car India Limited which is a subsidiary of the well recognized Japanese automaker – Honda introduced the Brio hatchback as an offering to cater the needs of the audience looking to buy a small vehicle that serves the need for not only navigating through city traffic but exhilarating to throttle up when on open roads. Carrying the same philosophy further, Honda Car India has launched the facelift version of the Brio hatch in the country with an introductory price of INR 4.
69 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Followed by the successful launch of BR-V compact SUV and reviving the Amaze compact sedan, the Japanese automaker has introduced the refreshed version of Brio to spike the sales during the festive season.Moreover, witnessing the demand during the festive season, the arrival of Brio facelift was imminent. The hatch will be manufactured at company's subsidiary, Honda Siel Cars India (HSCI) production facilities located at Greater Noida with over 80% of the parts sourced from Indian suppliers.
The updated Brio hatch comes with cosmetic upgrades with no mechanical changes seen under the hood. Moreover, it is believed that it is the same hatchback which was unveiled at the 2016 Indonesia Auto Show. Prior to its launch, the updated version of the hatch has been spotted couple of times which proffered the required details about the car. Furthermore, the company is also focusing on re-introducing the Honda Accord brand in the Indian market during the year 2016 - 17.
Honda Brio facelift – ExteriorThe updated 2016 Brio hatchback comes with considerable cosmetic changes on the exterior front that derives the hatch a promising look and feel compared to the previous version. Upfront, the Brio facelift flaunts a bold dual-slat black grille with company insignia in the centre which is main attraction of the profile. It also comes with larger intake, revamped front bumper, projector headlamps with LED DRLs and huge fog lamp clusters that enhances the feel and complements the overall appearance of the hatchback.
Coming to the side profile, the overall appearance of the hatchback remains untouched as the wheel arches comes fitted to 14-inch alloy wheels. The rear end of the updated Brio gets chrome strip on the tailgate, LED tail lamp, a bold chrome bar and a new spoiler that continues the carry the striking appeal as before. Moreover, the company is focusing on the sportier version of the hatch – Brio RS which is expected to sport large 15-inch rims, RS badges, side skirts, electrically adjustable ORVMs with turn indicators, projector headlamps with LED guide lights and rear glass garnish that proffers it with a sporty and premium look.
Honda Brio Facelift – DimensionsHaving said that the new Honda Brio hatch gets cosmetic updates, the overall design and appearance remains the same along with the dimensions. It comes with length of 3610mm, width of 1680mm and height of 1500mm. The wheelbase of the hatch also remains the same at 2345mm. The kerb weight of the hatchback varies according to the variant from 915 kgs to 970 kgs.Honda Brio facelift – InteriorInside the cabin, the refreshed version of Brio hatch comes with perceptible changes that derive the cabin with a complete makeover.
The new dashboard design which has been borrowed from the Amaze sedan proffers an elegant appeal to the cabin. It also sports all-black upholstery and touch-screen audio-video navigation unit along with a new dashboard, centre console, automatic climate control, Honda Connect mobile services, all-new 3-spoke multi functional steering wheel and a 2-DIN entertainment system. As far as the safety is concerned, the new Brio hatch comes with dual airbags along with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking system) and EBD (Electric Brake Force Distribution) that enhances the safety of the passengers.
Honda Brio facelift - Engine Specifications and PerformanceHaving said that the refreshed version of Brio carries the same set of engine option as seen on the previous model, it is powered by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine. The petrol mill effortlessly produces maximum power of 90bhp @ 6,000 rpm along with 109Nm of peak torque @ 4,500 rpm. The transmission capabilities are carried out by a 5-speed manual which is offered as standard while a CVT automatic unit is available as an option.
As far as the mileage is concerned, the updated Honda Brio is equipped with Honda’s 1.2L advanced i-VTEC (intelligent Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift Control) engine which is tuned to deliver high power output at an impressive fuel economy. The hatchback is claimed to deliver the same fuel economy as that the previous model which is in the range of 18.5 kmpl for the manual version and 16.
5kmpl for the automatic unit. Moreover, the company has no plans to introduce the diesel derivative of the Brio hatchback. Honda Brio facelift Tech Specs Engine 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine Displacement 1198 Max Power 90 Bhp Max Torque 109 Nm Transmission 5-speed Manual and 5-speed AT Mileage 18.5 kmpl (MT) & 16.5 kmpl (AT) Honda Brio Facelift – VariantsThe new 2016 Brio hatchback from the house of Honda Car India is offered in total four variants which comprises of E MT, S MT, VX MT and the VX AT.
Honda Brio facelift - Price and CompetitionAs far as the pricing is concerned, the base variant of the 2016 Honda Brio facelift is priced at INR 4.69 lakh whereas the top end variant gets a price tag of INR 6.82 lakh (ex-showroom). The new Honda Brio 2016 hatchback goes head on head against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Toyota Etios Liva, Hyundai i10, Ford Figo and Tata Bolt.See Also: Black Motorcycle Helmet
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The Honda City's 5-speed Automatic is a competent gearbox. Plonking this transmission into the agile & peppy Brio seems like a good recipe. It definitely sounds more exciting than the "geared for economy" CVT offered in the Thai-spec Brio. Compared to the Brio MT, the AT's turning radius has increased by 0.2 meters, due to the wider track needed for accommodating the AT gearbox. The box wasn't originally designed for the Brio; this combination is available only in India.
There are no changes to the Brio's beige & black interiors, save for the AT gear shifter, missing clutch pedal and gear mode display on the instrument console. The Brio doesn't have a dead pedal, something that should have been in the "must-have" list for engineers. Still, there is sufficient space for your left foot, and the floor is nicely contoured as well. The ergonomics are top notch overall.
Only thing I really missed was the driver's seat height adjustment. There is definitely a compromise with this "one size fits all" approach and I found the seat to be a tad too high for my taste. Those with a shorter build will be happy though. The chunky steering wheel has no leather cladding, yet the choice of material is good.Expectedly, the gearbox doesn't get the City's paddle shifters. The AT has a standard P-R-N-D layout, along with the old school D3-2-1 modes to compensate for the absence of tiptronic.
The gearshift knob is carried over from the Honda Civic, which is surely better than the plain-jane piece of the City. Note that the gear modes aren't illuminated at night.The Brio's 1.2L i-VTEC engine is rated at 87 BHP (@ 6,000 rpm) and 109 Nm of torque (@ 4,500 rpm). The powerplant starts with the now familiar sounding note. Within the first few meters itself, I could feel the extra support from the torque converter.
Low end response is stronger than in the Brio MT, the engine now pulling with a certain amount of eagerness. With light accelerator inputs, upshifts are pretty early @ 2,000 rpm. Prod the accelerator some more and you'll see the gearbox moving up at 3,000 rpm. Along with light controls, good visibility and a short turning radius, the Brio AT is absolutely effortless to drive in dense city traffic.
The gearshifts are acceptably smooth, though you still know when the gearbox is moving up or down. Crawling in traffic, even without any accelerator input, the Brio AT moves with a lot more pace than is normal. In a gridlock, you'll need to generously apply the brakes to keep crawling speeds in check.The ratios are smartly chosen for this 1.2L engine. The initial 3 gears are quite short, while the 4th & 5th are tall.
Out on the open road with a heavy right foot, the gearbox responds well. Shift times are good and the Brio holds gears to the redline. The AT is quick to respond to any inputs from the accelerator pedal. Acceleration is satisfactory, though of course, the Brio AT is nowhere as quick as its MT sibling. One area of disappointment is the NVH at high rpms; the engine & drivetrain sound more stressed and unrefined, compared to the Brio MT.
It's only when you start driving with medium accelerator inputs that you start discovering the gearbox' shortcomings. With the accelerator pressed halfway, the otherwise well-sorted transmission ends up feeling puzzled. You'll frequently find it revving the engine by holding onto a gear unnecessarily, or upshifting when the same isn't required. I had to make the Brio AT upshift at times by releasing the accelerator pedal and, conversely, pressing it a little harder to drop a gear.
The Brio AT felt perfectly at home cruising on the Greater Noida Expressway at 100 kph. The engine was spinning at a relaxed 2,100 rpm, with the car feeling perfectly planted. 5th gear is a lot taller than on the Brio MT which sees 100 kph @ 3,000 rpm. Highway fuel economy should be satisfactory. Just like the Brio MT, the AT's top speed is electronically limited to 140 kph. When cruising on the highway, I missed paddle shifters the most, as I couldn't figure out a way to accelerate in the same gear; even the slightest pedal pressure makes the gearbox drop a gear, when it could very well have accelerated in the same gear.
The go-kart like agile handling remains the same, along with a quick & reasonably direct (albeit over-servo'ed!) steering. You can have a whole lot of fun throwing the Brio into corners. The weakest link is the tyres that start protesting early in the game. The suspension set-up remains similar to the MT variant we tested last year, with the same uncomfortable rear suspension on bad roads. High speed composure for such a small car is impressive.
Last edited by GTO : 1st April 2013 at 22:04. Reason: Max torque made at 4,500 rpm