Honda To Launch Brio Facelift On October 4

  • Sep 30, 2016
[caption id="attachment_105696" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Honda Brio Facelift Honda Brio Facelift[/caption]

Five years since it was first launched, the Honda Brio has received a major mid-life (just a) cosmetic update in 2016. Previewed earlier this year in Indonesia, the car is now headed to India. Reportedly, there are no mechanical changes and it will be a nip-and-tuck job on the lines of the Amaze facelift.

The Brio (Brio Satya) that was revealed for the Indonesian market is also powered by the same 1.2-litre, i-VTEC petrol engine that we have in India. However, max power is now rated at 90PS thanks to the minor (2PS) bump-up in power.

[caption id="attachment_105697" align="aligncenter" width="577"]Spot the changes, can you? Spot the changes, can you?[/caption]

On the outside, the Brio facelift gets a revised front end with the Amaze like larger bumper. Honda may also do away with the chrome grille for a glossy black finish. While the Brio (RS) for the Indonesian market gets a chrome strip at the back, a Brio facelift spotted at an Indian dealership recently suggests that we won’t get that here.

[caption id="attachment_105698" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Honda Brio facelift Honda Brio facelift[/caption]

On the inside, the Brio facelift’s dashboard may mimic the Amaze's. Spy images have revealed an all-black interior trim (Brio RS in Indonesia gets it) for India that looks sporty. Rest everything is expected to be the same though expect some new features such as a 2-DIN music system.

[caption id="attachment_105699" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Black interiors on the facelift Brio look sporty. Black interiors on the facelift Brio look sporty.[/caption]

Brio faces tough competition in India from the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift, Hyundai Grand i10, Ford Figo and Tata Tiago. When Honda launched the Brio in India in 2011, it only had the Swift and i10 to compete with however times have changed. It remains to be seen whether a nip-and-tuck job will draw prospective buyers to dealerships or not. The only way we see Brio writing a success story is going the Tiago-way by playing the ‘value for money’ card. Much as we have our doubts, we wonder if Honda would pull a rabbit out of the hat!

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