Honda Brio Hatchback First Look Review

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Honda Brio Overview

The Honda Brio has never seen a major update in its seven years of being in this world, until now. The Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2018 has commenced today and the first big announcement from Honda is the 2019 Brio, which is the second generation model. It is based on the Honda Small RS Concept car that was shown at the Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) held in April, 2018.

The 2019 Honda Brio gets a major exterior update and the car looks overall bigger now. It has a meaner looking front with bigger headlamps that flow with the new grille. The front grille also has been redesigned to look much bolder and it gets sporty touches like the grey coloured slats. The rear too is equally new with updated taillights and a top mounted spoiler. The wheels also come with new styling to give the 2019 Brio an upmarket feel.

Engine specifications are not yet known but the 2019 Honda Brio will most likely continue to be powered by the same 1.2-litre petrol engine that is in the first-generation car. This motor produces 86.8 HP at 6000 RPM and 109 Nm at 4500 RPM. However, it will get a retuning to be suitable for the new gen Brio. Check for Honda Brio price in Bangalore at Tryaldrive.

The 2019 Honda Brio will also get new features. There are new seats for the front and rear passengers. A new infotainment system is on offer while the instrument cluster too gets a design update. The Honda Brio has clocked good sales for the company in Indonesia, India and other emerging markets and the 2019 version should help in continuing that trend.

Honda Brio Design

The design and styling of the 2019 Honda Brio will be very different. It will look much more premium now. The 2019 Honda Brio will be built on a new platform. The new platform will make car spacious. This platform will be more rigid and will offer better safety. The Brio will be quite different in styling and will also have slightly larger proportions. It will be sharp looking and will have a less rounded look. The car has a more athletic look and a less small car feel about it.

Though the front grille is similar to the Amaze, the treatment on the side is similar to the current Brio. Honda might want to retain some design cues of the Brio. The headlamps are sleeker and the bumpers are bolder. The fog lamps will be mounted on the bumper. The ORVMs will have integrated turn indicators on them. The side will have a prominent shoulder line. The rear portion will be of a different design as well. The all-glass hatch will make way for a conventional boot lid. The tail maps will also be new LED ones and will look much more premium than before. The alloy wheels will be of a new design, most likely of 15-inch. The lower variants will get new wheel covers. For more information on Honda Brio  visit Emikolo

Honda Brio Cabin

The one area which needed the most attention is the cabin. The original plain jane dashboard has now been replaced with a more sophisticated one. This new dash is the one we have seen in Amaze and BR-V. The quality is much better and lends a contemporary look to the car. The all-black theme and dull silver highlights along with faux carbon fibre garnish add to the sportiness. The black or beige layout seems to be functional and ergonomics are also bang-on. And this can be seen in the fact that everything from knobs, switches to the digital air-conditioning controls are within the realm of the passengers.

Other notable inclusion is the revised instrument cluster that features new MID display and blue illuminated rings. Then there is new 2-DIN music system with Bluetooth, USB and Aux-In connectivity that does contribute to the entertainment package. Other than these, the interiors of Brio remain intact with the same skinny and comfortable seats. The driver seat is height adjustable while the steering is tilt adjustable. The rear seats though offer short seat cushioning and low on under-thigh support, it gives decent legroom to the passengers. Other comfort features include steering mounted audio controls, all power windows and foldable rear seat back.

Honda Brio Performance

The same 1.2 litre, four cylinder, SOHC engine will power the 2019 Honda Brio. This engine produces 87bhp of power at 6000rpm and 109Nm to torque at 4500 rpm. The engine will be tweaked for better fuel efficiency and lower emissions. Honda may also think of introducing a hybrid or an electric model at a later stage. This engine will come mated to a five-speed manual transmission. There will also be an option of a CVT, like the existing model. The transmissions will be a carry over of the existing ones in the 2018 model.

There could be a new 1.2-litre diesel engine. Though we are not sure about it yet. This one should be derived from the new 1.6-litre i-DTEC that will be locally made. This should be a three-cylinder engine that will churn about 80bhp of power. Now, it is a bit too early to come to any conclusion. We believe if there is a diesel engine on the new Brio, it will be this engine itself. Else, there might not be a diesel engine. Also, the 1.1-litre could be there as we were the first to state that back in 2016.

The 2018 Honda Brio will continue with the same engine, which will return about 12km/l in the city and about 17km/l on the highway. This hatchback’s CVT version will get an efficiency of 10km/l in the city and 16km/l on the highway. These will be in real driving conditions and would depend upon one’s driving habits.

Honda Brio Riding

The Honda Brio is underpinned by a very potent platform in terms of dynamics. This is why currently Honda has four products based on the same platform including two 7-seaters. The Brio can handle triple digit speeds with good stability on the highways. The ride quality is flat most of the times and it doesn’t unsettle on bad roads. Since it is a light hatchback, the handling is brisk and the Honda Brio feels eager to take corners hard. The steering feels direct and very predictable while cornering. Braking performance is quite effective too having a strong pedal bite. There are no mechanical changes so you won’t feel any difference compared to the pre-facelift model.

Honda Brio Safety

Brio features disk brake at the front and drum at the rear. For fast runs, the brakes have adequate punch while the pedal bite is also strong. The car comes with ABS and EBD for additional braking safety. Further, the safety of the passenger is ensured by dual front airbags, engine immobilizer, and rear windshield defogger.

Honda Brio Price in Bangalore

Honda Brio On Road Price is 5,75,582/- and Ex-showroom Price is 4,81,097/- in Bangalore. Honda Brio comes in 5 colours, namely Ralley Red,Taffeta White,White Orchid Pearl,Alabaster Silver,Urban Titanium. Honda Brio comes with FWD with 1198 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 87 bhp@6000 rpm and Peak Torque 109 Nm@4500 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Honda Brio comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Honda Brio Bottomline

The Honda Brio has always been a fun to drive car which offers good interior space and performance. It lacked when it came to features while a very plain-jane dashboard robbed the cabin of appeal. However, with this update Honda has given the Brio a new lease of life and has improved the whole package drastically. The Amaze derived dashboard not only looks fresh but has additional features to go with it. Amongst the cosmetic changes, we love the all black upholstery in the top variant. Though the mechanicals remain unchanged, the Honda Brio has become a much improved and appealing hatchback.

Honda Brio is offered in three variant such as E, S and VX. Taking a quick glance at its pricing details, the base trim E is available at the price tag of Rs. 4.73 lakh, its mid-range trim as well as the best-selling model S is tagged at Rs. 5.23 lakh. The top range trim VX MT is available at Rs. 5.97 lakh while the VX AT variant is offered at the price tag of Rs. 6.82 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. Though the Brio has been improved on several fronts, the fact remains that with the presence of cars such as Maruti Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and Ford Figo, the road ahead is definitely tough.

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