Over the past year or so, sales of the Brio hatchback haven’t been very encouraging. It was never a hot-seller and with the arrival of newer competition, it slipped further down the ranks. The Brio desperately needs an update and Honda will finally roll one out in the coming months. Honda will launch the Brio facelift in India soon, which will get an Amaze-like makeover inside out. We compare the upcoming model with the current car in our Honda Brio old vs new comparison to find out what’s new.Also See – Upcoming Honda Cars | New 2016 Honda Brio | New Honda City
Honda Brio Old vs New Model- Exterior Comparison
At the front, the Brio facelift will look identical to the Amaze facelift that was introduced early this year. It will get a new bumper and a new grille that give the nose a heavier look. At the back, the Brio remains identical to the old model that is currently on sale in India. Even the alloy wheel design remains the same. The grille gets a thick black bar, unlike the Amaze that gets a chrome one.At the back, the boot does not witness any changes. It continues with the same unconventional setup with the rear windshield acting as the bootlid. Overall, the facelift helps add some freshness to the Brio’s exterior. It also helps shed some of the cutesy design elements.
Honda Brio Old vs New Model- Interior Comparison
The interiors of the new Brio feature simpler and more elegant setup in comparison to the current model. Like the front end, the dashboard design of the Brio facelift is identical to the new Amaze’s dashboard design. While it does not feature a touchscreen audio unit, the new one does get Bluetooth connectivity. It also features automatic climate control now. The steering wheel gets audio control. Behind it, there is a new three pod setup for the instrument console. Unlike the Amaze’s black-beige colour scheme, Brio facelift will feature an all-black theme. Apart from that, the rest of the bits inside the cabin of the new Brio are likely to be identical to the current model.
Honda Brio Old vs New Model- Specifications
|New Honda Brio Petrol Specifications|
|Engine||1.2-litre i-VTEC Petrol|
|Max. Power||87 bhp|
|Peak Torque||109 Nm|
|Kerb Weight||~ 970 KGs|
|Fuel Mileage||19 – 20 kpl|
Honda offers the Brio with just one petrol engine option currently. This 1.2-litre will continue to power the new model as well. It makes 87 bhp of max power and 109 Nm of peak torque. A 5-speed manual transmission option is standard. However, it is unclear whether the current car’s 5-speed AT will continue or be replaced by a new CVT gearbox like the one the Amaze is available with. We’re not expecting any major changes in terms of fuel efficiency.
Honda Brio Old vs New Model- Mileage Comparison
|Model||2016 Honda Brio||Current Honda Brio|
|Petrol Mileage||19-20 KMPL*||19.4 KMPL (MT)/16.5 KMPL (AT)|
If Honda decides to replace the current 5-speed automatic transmission with a new CVT unit, fuel efficiency will increase to about 18-19 KMPL. Manual variants will not witness a major variation in mileage figures.
Also See – Upcoming Cars in India 2016-17
Honda Brio Old vs New Model- Dimensions
|2016 Honda Brio||Current Honda Brio|
|Length||3610 mm||3640 mm|
|Width||1680 mm||1680 mm|
|Height||1500 mm||1500 mm|
|Wheelbase||2345 mm||2345 mm|
In terms of dimensions, the new Brio has grown in length by 30 mm thanks to the new front bumper. Apart from that, it remains the same in terms of size. There will no increase in interior space or boot space.
Honda Brio Old vs New Model Comparison Verdict
The launch of the 2016 Honda Brio should give a slight boost to the sales of the small hatchback. It is definitely better looking now and a much nicer place to be in. Armed with additional features, a new look and a much better cabin, the new Brio should help appeal to more buyers.
- Design – The new model looks grown and sportier. The interiors are also much better now.
- Features – With the launch of the Brio facelift, Honda will add more features to the lineup. The new Brio will get auto aircon, Bluetooth connectivity, etc.
- Specifications – While the engine – the 1.2-litre petrol- will remain the same, the 5-speed auto could be replaced by a CVT.
- Price – We’re not expecting a significant change in prices. Expect Honda to price it in the Rs. 4.5 – 6.5 lakhs range ex-showroom.
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