Cutesy looks, peppy motor and decent ride and handling manners- the Honda Brio has a lot going for it. However, if you thought the Brio doesn’t look fresh anymore, Honda has launched the facelift model in India. The new model Honda Brio India launch took place on October-4, 2016. It has a starting price of Rs 4.69 lakhs. The new model Honda Brio is basically a mid-life facelift that aims to enhance the appeal of this entry-level Honda hatchback.
The new model Honda Brio’s front-end comes from the recently launched Amaze facelift. Here are the details on the upcoming new 2016 Honda Brio facelift Also See – Honda Brio Old vs New | Honda WRV Jazz SUV New 2016 Honda Brio Price in India 2016 Honda Brio E Rs 4.69 lakh 2016 Honda Brio S Rs 5.20 lakh 2016 Honda Brio VX Rs 5.95 lakh 2016 Honda Brio VX AT Rs 6.82 lakh all prices ex-showroom Delhi The previous iteration of the Brio wasn’t exactly what we would call ‘Value for Money’.
The new one is slightly more expensive now with prices starting at Rs. 4.69 lakh. The number of variants on offer has come down to just four. The top end VX automatic trim Internationally, Honda has also introduced a sportier variant called the Brio RS (similar to the Mobilio RS sold in India). However, India will not get this variant. Also See- Honda BR-V | BR-V vs Creta vs Duster | Upcoming New Honda Cars in India New 2016 Honda Brio Specifications Length x Width x Height 3640 x 1680 x 1500 mm Kerb Weight 930 kg Wheel Type and Size 14 inch alloys Boot Space 175 litres Engine Type/ Displacement 1.
2 L i-VTEC Petrol Power 87 bhp Torque 109 Nm Transmission (Gearbox) 5-speed manual/5-speed automatic Mileage 18.5 kpl/16.5 kpl (claimed) Also See – Next-Gen Honda Brio | New Honda Accord | New Honda Civic New 2016 Honda Brio Facelift Mileage Model ARIA Mileage Honda Brio Petrol Manual 18.5 KMPL Honda Brio Petrol Automatic 16.5 KMPL Fuel efficiency figures remain the same as there are no changes to engine and transmission options.
New 2016 Honda Brio Facelift Features 2 DIN Integrated Audio (USB and Aux-in) Blue tooth Connectivity and Hands Free Telephony Function Digital AC controls with Max Cool Function Beige interiors Black interiors for top end VX trim New instrument cluster with white illumination High gloss finish for front grille New Front bumper Roof mounted rear spoiler New 2016 Honda Brio Facelift Images New 2016 Honda Brio Facelift Design Review The new model Honda Brio facelift features a revised rear-end, which looks just a wee bit more appealing than the current car’s posterior.
It gets a new Tail Lamp and an all new tailgate spoiler with LED High mount stop-lamp. However, the big change is seen up front as the Brio facelift borrows the new Amaze facelift’s nose. As part of the facelift, the Brio gets a new bumper, new fog lamp enclosures, a new grille and chrome garnish on the boot lid. The new grille features a thick glossy black finish bar housing the Honda logo. ORVMs get integrated turn indicators.
New 2016 Honda Brio Facelift Interior On the inside, the new Brio boasts an all-new dashboard. It also gets a new speedo console. This new dashboard comes from Amaze facelift. However, the top end variant gets an all-black color theme. The new design feels more premium, and modern and addresses one of the current Brio’s biggest shortcomings. While the steering wheel design remains the same, most of the other in the cabin are new.
The Amaze does not come with a touchscreen infotainment system and even the Brio doesn’t. However, it does feature a new 2-DIN audio system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth support. New Model Honda Brio Facelift Colours The new Brio is available in five colours White Orchid Pearl Urban Titanium Taffeta White Rally Red Alabaster Sliver New Model Honda Brio Facelift Engine and Transmission No changes have been made to the Brio’s engine.
The 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol unit has been carried over unchanged from the current model. While we were expecting the Brio would get a new CVT to replace the 5-speed Auto, that has not been the case. The 5-speed automatic from the outgoing model continues. Even the fuel efficiency figures remain the same. The manual variants return 18.5 kpl overall, while the automatic Brio returns 16.5 kpl. You can safely stay tuned to Car Blog India for more on the new 2016 Honda Brio facelift.
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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