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: Winter Motorcycle Riding
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Honda Car India is contemplating to develop a compact SUV which will be based on the existing Brio platform. This decision comes after Honda dropped the plans to introduce the Vezel SUV in the India market due to rising import prices which prevented it to be priced competitively. The Brio platform is versatile and flexible platform that also underpins the Amaze compact sedan and the Mobilio MPV. Exterior We can expect the exterior styling to be more aggressive and muscular.
The bonnet may have more prominent cresses to give the front façade a more SUV like stance. The Brio SUV might also have skid plates on the front and the rear bumper. Increase in the ride height is also in store. We can anticipate the car to use sufficient amount of plastic cladding to provide it with a more rugged look. Whether Honda decides to put the spare wheel on the boot lid, just as we have in the Ford Eco Sport remains to be seen.
There are reasons to believe it might share its wheelbase with Mobilio stretching its length above 4 meters. Interiors On the insides is where the company can astonish the buyer. It won’t come as a surprise if Honda decides to introduce the infotainment system of the city in the higher variants of the Brio SUV. Where the company can really improve is the qualities of the material used in the cabin for which the Brio and Amaze have been criticized for.
Being an SUV it is bound to offer a seating capacity of 5 to 7 people. We can also expect it have separate air con vents for the 2nd and 3rd row of seats. Engine and performance The Honda Brio SUV is likely to share its engine line up with the Mobilio MPV. While the petrol unit will get a 1.5-litre i-VTEC motor producing 117bhp and 145Nm of torque, the oil burner will be a 1.5-litre i-DTEC motor that is good for 99bhp and 200Nm of torque.
The petrol motor will be paired to a five-speed gearbox, while the diesel-powered Brio SUV will get a six-speed transmission. The company will also introduce a CVT transmission equipped variant. Price and competition The Brio SUV will be priced somewhere in between INR 7 to 12 lakh. This price bracket make the SUV compete against the likes of Renault Duster, Ford EcoSport and Nissan Terrano.