Honda has launched the face-lifted Brio hatchback in India at a beginning cost of Rs 4.69 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The new pricing, while in the same section as its opponents, makes the upgraded Brio up to Rs 25,000 more costly than the outgoing model.
Cosmetic changes to the exterior include a grille that is more in line with that of the Amaze but with a gloss black finish, upgraded bumpers and changed tail-lights. The greatest redesign, however is on the inside. Honda has discarded the straightforward and strangely outlined dashboard seen on the before auto and supplanted it with a unit like that on the new Amaze and BR-V. Different redesigns incorporate another instrument group, computerized air-con controls, modified upholstery and an all-dark inside for the top trim level. The lower trims get beige upholstery.
The hardware list has also been extended with the top variations getting another sound framework with Bluetooth network and hands free telephony. Likewise with the Amaze, there is no touchscreen infotainment system on offer.
As far as safety purpose, the face-lifted Brio comes furnished with dual front airbags, ABS, seatbelt pretensioners and impact mitigating headrests.
Mechanically, the Brio keeps on utilizing the current 1.2-liter i-VTEC petrol engine from the active model, and is matched to a five-speed manual gearbox as standard. The Brio automatic is equipped with the same five-speed torque converter unit too. Honda hasn’t added a diesel alternative to the Brio line-up.
The face-lifted Brio is now available in three trim levels – E, S and VX – with the top trim getting the alternative of the automatic gearbox. Honda has seemingly discontinued the mid-level EX and V trims with the facelift.
The Honda Brio rivals the likes of the Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo and Maruti Swift, each of the three of which have the benefit of diesel variations.
Costs for the redesigned Brio (ex-showroom, Delhi)
Honda Brio E M/T – Rs 469,000
Honda Brio S M/T – Rs 520,000
Honda Brio VX M/T – Rs 595,000
Honda Brio VX A/T – Rs 681,600