Japanese car manufacturer Honda has been enjoying their success in the Indian market with the recently launched Honda City raking in the orders for them. Honda is satisfied with this and is now turning its attention to the other cars in their portfolio. Other than the City, Honda has on sale, a small hatchback with the Brio and a premium soft-roader SUV with the CR-V. While the CR-V is selling in not-so-great numbers, the Brio on the other hand still sells in decent numbers despite being on-sale for nearly two and a half years now.
Because the Brio is still selling in decent numbers, despite it having only a petrol-powered engine, Honda thinks that the Brio still has a lot of potential and in order to boost sales, they will soon launch a face-lifted Brio. The Face-lift has been confirmed by a top Honda official, but the launch date has not yet been confirmed.
From the design aspect there would be only one major change in the Face-lifted Brio, Honda will incorporate their new global design language in the new Brio. The solid wing face design which can be found on almost all Honda cars, including the new Honda city and the latest Honda CR-V will now make its way onto the front of the Brio. We have a rendering of how the new Brio would look, and we can see that the cute little car from Honda has become a lot more aggressive on the design front with the addition of the new solid wing face grille. the side profile would remain the same while Honda could consider adding more aggressively designed wheels. The rear of the car gets a new washer/wiper and the addition of a new body colored glass applique to the all-glass rear hatch provides the extra aesthetic appeal.
Mechanically, most of the car would remain unchanged and it will be powered by the same 1.2-litre i-Vtec 4-cylinder petrol engine putting out 88 PS and 109 NM. Earlier, it had been confirmed by a top Honda official that none of the existing Honda products would be getting the i-Dtec engine (Honda City included) but now, after the Honda City i-Dtec becoming a runaway success, accounting for a majority of the sales figures, we speculate that Honda might re-consider using a smaller capacity i-Dtec engine in the Brio in order to give it an extra boost in sales numbers.
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