Honda working on next gen Brio for 2017. Could drop the Brio moniker.
Honda‘s small hatch, the Brio, hasn’t exactly set the sales charts on fire since its introduction in the Indian market. Various reasons for the include a lack of a diesel engine option, cheap and unconventional interiors, etc. That has hurt its sales in India especially since the competition has no lack of it. But reports suggest that Honda is now working on the next generation Brio and will be addressing all these issues. Honda cars India also imported a Honda Brio 1.5 Diesel into our country a few months back, however, this might not be the engine powering the diesel variant of the 2017 Honda Brio. The launch of this model could be a game changer for the hatch, as it would be able to successfully fend off the heat from cars such as the Ford Figo, Chevrolet Beat and the Hyundai Grand i10. Scroll down for more details on the 2017 Honda Brio and Honda Brio Diesel India launch.
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The next gen Brio will not be ready at least until 2017. And according to sources, Honda is looking to drop the Brio moniker for the replacement.
Since the launch is almost a couple of years away we can only speculate on the pricing of the new Brio. It will be positioned below the Honda Jazz and should be priced in the INR 4-6 lacs range.
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The 2017 Honda Brio will continue to utilise the 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol which powers the current car. It will be mated to a manual as well as an automatic transmission. The big change would be the introduction of a new diesel engine, a 1.1 litre, 3 cylinder i-DTEC derived from the current set of i-DTEC diesel engines. Offering the Brio with a diesel engine option would make a lot of sense considering the fact that the introduction of a diesel motor has been a game changer for multiple Honda products.
Details on the next gen Brio are scarce at the moment. Sources have revealed that Honda could consider dropping the Brio name for the next gen model. Also, the design and styling is expected to be more conventional and elements like the glass hatch could be given a miss. We are hoping Honda redesigns the interiors completely to look more premium and pleasing to the eyes.
Stay tuned to CarBlogIndia for more updates on the Honda Brio Diesel India launch.