Honda has introduced a mid-life facelift to their most affordable product in the Indian portfolio, the Brio. Priced at Rs 4.69 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi), the car is available only in three variants. While mechanically the car remains the same, the cosmetic changes give the car a new look. Launched back in 2011, the small hatch has sold more than 87,000 units.

Engine:

Available only with a 1.2-litre i-VTEC mill, it has a maximum power output of 88 PS at 6,000 rpm and 109 Nm of peak torque at 4,500 rpm. The fuel efficiency mentioned by the company is 18.5 kmpl for the 5-speed manual gearbox offered as standard. A 5-speed torque converter automatic unit is also available with a fuel efficiency of 16.5 kmpl.

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Design and Features:

The front nose boasts of a new front grille in gloss black. Yes, it does resemble the Amaze but this time, it is not a chrome overdose. The bumper and taillamp are new. So is the tailgate spoiler with a high mount LED stop lamp. Interiors boast of a new instrumentation panel with carbon finish and chrome accents. The triple analogue meter gets white illumination.

The inside of the new Brio is laid in beige while the top end gets a black layout. Features include a 2 Din audio system with USB and Aux-in support. It also gets Bluetooth integration with handsfree telephone. The digital air con boasts of a Max Cool function .

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Safety:

Like other Honda products, the Brio too gets Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure for self-protection as well as reduce the damage to other cars. The front body structure of the Brio is equipped with Pedestrian Injury Mitigation Technology designed to absorb impact energy. You also get ABS, EBD and dual front SRS airbags.

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Pricing:

The new Brio starts at Rs 4.69 lakhs (ex-Delhi) which is Rs 18,900 more than the outgoing version. Here’s a full comparison of the new Brio and the old one:

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