New Model Honda Brio in India
In the recent past, an interview with Yoichiro Ueno, President and CEO of Honda Cars India, had revealed that the new upcoming generation of the Honda Brio will be a global version, and not a car that is meant exclusively for the Indian car market. Yoichiro was quoted as saying, “It is a global model and not exclusively for India. Honda’s R&D is developing some new platforms and in that case it is shared with India also. The platform is developed mainly in Thailand but in collaboration with Japan and India.”
New Honda Brio
Honda has finally launched the facelifted model of Brio in India on October 4, 2016, with a starting price tag of INR 4.69 lakhs. Honda has manufactured an all new platform for the new model of the 2016 Honda Brio, which is also going to be a part of the next generation of the Honda Amaze. Different media reports say that the production of the new model of Honda Brio, which was then known with the codename 2UA, in the Indian car market is expected to begin by February 2018, while the Honda Amaze which has been codenamed 2UB, could go into production phase in June 2018. Given that Honda Cars India will have a significant part to play in its development, we can expect the two cars to be further tailor made to arouse interest in the minds of the Indian car buyers. Reports have also suggested that passenger safety is a high priority in the building of this new model of Brio in order to meet the mandatory safety rules that will come into effect by the year 2019 or 2020.
The new Honda Brio is basically a mid life upgrade to enhance the appeal of this tiny hatchback. Now the new model of the 2016 Brio is a tad more expensive than its previous version and the number of variants available has come down to only four. Globally, Honda has also launched a sportier version of the Brio called the Brio RS, though India is not set to get this version. The 2016 Honda Brio facelift features include 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 and black for the top trim VX, new instrument cluster with white bright illumination, high gloss finish for the front radiator grille along with a new redesigned front bumper and roof mounted rear spoiler.
Under the hood, no changes have been made to the new Honda Brio’s engine. The 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol engine has been carried over as is from the existing model. While it was being expected that the Brio would get a new CVT instead of the 5-speed auto, that is not the reality. The 5-speed automatic gear continues in the new model along with mileage, where the manual versions returns around 18.5 kmpl, and the automatic variant returns 16.5 kmpl.