Honda Brio will be launching the Brio on September 27. As an entry-level Honda car, which is expected to be priced beginning at about Rs 4 lakh, there is a lot of buyer interest. Here’s why the Honda Brio proposition makes sense for the premium hatchback buyers.
What Brio offers Indian customers?
Honda has indigenously developed the Brio, for Asian markets including India and Thailand. Hence, exterior styling, interior space and fuel consumption take the top spot in the Brio’s design. The car also incorporates Honda’s core DNA that includes the ‘Man maximum – Machine minimum’ philosophy.
The Brio is powered by a 1.2 litre i-vtec engine that puts out 87 bhp of power and 109 Nm of torque. The same engine also does duty in the Honda Jazz so it will likely be a peppy vehicle. The Brio has an edge over its rivals as it has the best power-to-weight ratio (95.13 bhp per tonne) in its class. This essentially means that it will have quicker acceleration and better fuel efficiency.
Further, Honda has also altered the ratios of the 5-speed gearbox, making the gearing a little taller in interest of fuel economy. An ARAI-certified mileage of 18.4 kmpl makes the Brio as frugal as the new Maruti Swift (18.6 kmpl).
The Brio is a good example of how a small car with dimensional limitations can look modern, sporty, dynamic and practical. As per Honda designers, the Brio has a double triangle theme evident from the smooth triangular contours of the car’s rear and the triangular tail lamp clusters.
The sharp crease line starting from the rear doors inclines steeply to the front. The car has a large chrome slat with a big Honda logo at the front as well. Subtle elements like smoked headlamps, slightly protruding wheel fenders, sporty air dams and purposeful fog lamps below the front grille, all add to the ‘feel good’ factor.
The Brio is surprisingly spacious on the inside despite its compact dimensions on the outside (3,610 x 1,680 x 1,500 mm). The dual-tone brown-beige interior lightens up the cabin while the wide, yet ergonomically laid out instrument controls help carve out space for front passengers.
The rear seats are spacious too with enough leg and head room for tall people; sadly it can only seat two occupants comfortably. The large glass area gives an airy feel to the Brio and offers good all-round visibility. Reverse parking too, will be easier, thanks to the large rear windscreen, which also acts as the boot-access door.
Boot space of 175 litres is below average size for a car of its class and the high loading lip will make you lift the luggage while loading and unloading, one of Brio’s ‘not-so-good’ bits.
The Brio has an electric power steering, steering-mounted audio controls, electric mirrors, power windows and central locking. Air-conditioning is only manually controlled, which is par for this segment (except for the top-end Beat). It comes with dual i-SRS airbags, ABS, EBD (Electronic brake distribution) and front disc brakes. The Brio has no parcel tray, no CD drive for the 2-DIN music system (only FM tuner and aux-in, USB ports are available) and no rear wiper or defogger.
The Honda Brio will have two variants, S and V, the V being the top-end variant. Both the variants will have airbags, ABS and EBD as standard features while the top-end Brio also gets alloy wheels and dual-tone upholstery as exclusive features.
Recent speculations suggest that Honda might launch a base variant of Brio (could be named Brio E) which will be devoid of airbags, ABS and EBD. If this happens, the base variant could be priced Rs. 45,000 – 60,000 lower than the S variant.
Price & competition
The estimated price of the Brio starts from Rs. 4.3 lakh and to likely go up to Rs. 5 lakh. If the speculated base variant (without airbags & ABS) is indeed, launched, then the prices of Brio may start from below Rs. 4 lakh.
The Brio will ideally lock horns with Hyundai’s i10 (Rs. 3.94 – 5.95 lakh), Maruti Suzuki A-Star (Rs. 3.59 – 4.37 lakh) and Chevrolet Beat (Rs. 3.55 – 4.59 lakh).
* Prices mentioned are ex-showroom Delhi