Honda Brio based MPV Mobilio spy shots appeared for the first time

We reported last week that Honda unveiled Brio based MPV in Indonesia, which is known as Mobilio. the same now spied testing for the first time in that country.

Hence, the launch of Mobilio is expected to happen by end of this year in Indonesia, where India is expected to receive it in 2014.

Coming to the spy-shots we learnt, the test mule was seen wearing conventional silver-colored 10-spoke alloys, unlike than the diamond cut 10-spoke alloys of the Indonesian Motor Show prototype. Lest, all of the styling cues were the same to that of the Motor Show unveiled model. Silver paint job on its body was making it to look a bit conventional, but that’s ok when given the badge of Honda shining brightly under the sun.

Engine specifications of Mobilio is said to be of the 1.5-liter i-VTEC (petrol) borrowed from the Honda City producing 118PS and 144Nm of torque. Indonesia is given an option of a 5-speed manual and a CVT gearbox. To an addition, India is said to also dwell the 1.5-liter diesel powerplant from that of the Amaze to contrast the rising petrol prices and high notched per kilometer running cost.

Honda Mobilio spied Indonesia

Indonesian price for Mobilio is expected to start from 150-180 million Indonesian Rupiah (Rs. 8.41 lakhs to Rs. 10.09 lakhs).

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Honda Brio to have a new high-end trim?

Reports on the net suggests that Honda’s most popular Brio hatchback will soon have a new top-end VX Brio trim. So far the Brio has been quite well-received by Indian car lovers. But even then the car misses out on some very important features. For instance, the new high-end version of the Brio will have seat adjustment for the driver and most probably, a rear-end defogger.

Honda will be looking to increase the sales of the Honda Brio in India with the introduction of the VX trim level. Currently, the company sales around 200 units of this hatch per month in the country.

Honda was supposed to bring in a diesel variant of the Brio, but that has now been postponed because of the launch of the Honda Amaze. Many believe that Honda is planning to test the waters with the diesel powered Amaze for a possible introduction of a diesel Brio.

Honda Brio
If the Amaze does relatively well in the Indian market then you could probably see a Brio diesel soon in India. But before that one has to make do with the high-end trim of the Honda Brio which would soon see the light of day.

Honda Brio Automatic to be rolled out in India by next month

Honda Cars India Ltd (HCI) is readying to launchthe Honda Brio Automatic edition in India. While, conjectures are still wides preadregarding the Brio diesel, the company has settled to slip in the Automatic edition of its primary hatchback.

Even though the steep petrolrates have already taken a toll on petrol cars’ sale, the company is still forwarding with yet another petrol option in its array.

As per reports, the automatic hatchbacks are still sought after owing to the extra expediency, whichthey provide over their manual counterparts.

Honda Brio Automatic to be rolled out in India by next month
The report added up that Brio’s AT edition will be presented in ‘E’ and ‘S’ versions. The top of the line ‘V’ option could be excluded from the Automatic listings as that would make the proposal too costly for the section Brio hatchback supplies to.

The Brio Automatic will take over popularcars such as the Hyundai i10 Auto plus the Maruti Suzuki A-Star Automatic once it hit the Indian market.

The Honda Brio Automatic hatchback will be introduced in the Indian market by mid of the coming month – in time for the festive season, whereas the media preview of the car has been planned to get in progressduring the initial week of October.

Honda providing discounts on its most popular cars

It is a yearly ritual for auto manufacturers to provide smart bonus schemes as well as goodies in the festival period with the aim to boost the sales of their personal cars.

As per reports, Honda has announced good discounts to its loyal clients this festive season. Honda cars India are nevertheless a favorite alternative when it comes to petrol catered cars.

But the reports stated that petrol cars are going through dreary phase and for that reason, the car makers are offering a lot of discounts as well as plan spopping up every other day on petrol cars – more so with the festival period season coming nearer.

Honda City

Honda Cars India as a result, is now providing smart insurance plans not only on their prime cars, but also on their luxury ones.

The reports said that Civic and Accord sedans, Brio hatchback and the City can now be obtainable with a Re 1 insurance scheme.

Honda Civic

The genuine worth of the insurance for the above mentioned cars can be positioned between Rs 10K to around Rs 60K.

Honda Cars India is also offering up novel loyalty bonus schemes.

Honda Brio
So if you’re the category who does not necessarily require a diesel car and are making plans to promote from your existing petrol catered Honda car to a new Honda product, then the car manufacturer will provide you extra rebates in addition to the buy-back worth of your existing car.

There is still no actualfacts regarding when the Brio diesel will be rolled out – however, the company functiona riessaid that it is still too soon to discuss the diesel hatchback or even the CNG catered City for that matter.

Honda’s Journey In India

Honda cars in India are extremely popular and carry unprecedented brand value. They are one of the most highly sold cars in the country. Honda cars in India are manufactured and distributed under the name of Honda Siel Cars India Ltd. This is a collaboration of Honda Motor Co. Ltd. Japan and Siel Limited, a Siddharth Shriram Group company. Honda’s journey in Indian market began in December 1995 and since then has captured the hearts of millions.

The sole aim of this joint venture was to offer India a taste of Honda’s highly technological cars. The aim has completely come true with Honda giving Indians a car experience that they never had before. India witnessed wonders of Japanese technology due to the Honda cars. Till date Honda has invested a total of 1620 crores in India’s car market and has also made even bigger profits.

Honda City

Honda in 1997 released its first car in India, a spectacular Honda City. The car is said to have revolutionized the Indian car market. The car even after 13 years still has a great following. The car has gone through many facelifts and has been released in many modified versions. In 2003 Honda City ZX was launched tapping the middle class sector.

Following this Honda then launched many more cars in India. Like Honda Civic in July 2006 and Honda Accord made it to India in January 2007 and later its other variant Honda Civic Hybrid also came in the market. One of the most popular SUV in India is the Honda CR-V launched in 2006. Models of Honda City, Accord and Civic are manufactured in India itself, whereas Honda CR- V and Accord Hybrid is produced in Japan and then imported to India.

Honda CR-V

All these models have generated huge sales and the brand became stronger with passing time and this just proves the success of Honda’s journey in India. Honda had invested about Rs 450 crores to set- up their first plant in Noida, UP in the year 1997. The plant has world- class machinery and highly skilled man force. Honda is said to have a very strong manufacturing and distribution network in India with about 87 facilities spread across 53 cities of India. Honda dealers in India also provide the appreciated 3S facility, which stands for sales, service, and spares.

Recently Honda has also launched hatchback cars keeping in mind the need of roads in India. Honda had earlier released Honda Jazz and it garnered huge response. Their recent launch is the Honda Brio which is also making waves in the market. Designed by keeping the Indian youth in mind this recent product is fit for the market.

Honda Brio

Honda has always been famous around the world for its amazing performance, great designs, classy interior and brilliant customer service. All of this stands true even for their business in India. Customers are mighty satisfied with their Honda cars and after sale services. This is the prime reason why Honda is exhibiting record sales with each passing year.

Honda planning large-scale expansion for India: Will be bringing in new diesel cars

There is a lot that is going on in the minds of Honda futurists as the company is now looking forward to a massive expansion in India. Over the past few years Honda has been consistently considered in the top league of car-makers in India and now the company feels that they necessarily need to flounder more and more of their cars into India. So now the profit will be more for the company as it plans to manufacture cars to its optimum capability so that the volume of cars sold is much more than what it used to be earlier. Presently, the Tapukara plant based in Rajasthan is idle to a great extent as the company is not able to maintain proper volume of expected supply that they had earmarked in the beginning of this fiscal. This plant of Honda will now be actively put to use for export business of the company.

Honda Civic in India

The Indian automobile market is said to be one of the most booming markets in the world with almost all of the major car makers playing and competing with each other in the arena. Honda stands up against most of its adversary automakers owing to the fact that since the fall of the company last year as a result of the flash floods in Thailand, the company had concurred losses which they were hell-bent on making up. Then the company started growing at a massive scale with the launch of Brio in India. The company now aims of rolling out 1 million units in the domestic Indian car industry by the fiscal of 2015-16. The best way to do that as per the thoughts of the company visionaries is to bring more and more diesel variants of cars to India in the coming time as the price of petrol in India has skyrocketed to such extent that it burns a hole in the pockets of the people living here. The diesel car market is booming and this is the reason why Honda is planning a massive rollout of cars in the coming time. Very soon, the 1.6 L Diesel engine variant of Honda Civic and Honda City will be rolled out on the Indian roads. These two cars are the most demanded and revered cars of Honda in the Indian automobile market. On the contrary, the diesel variant of Honda Brio is now under testing mode and maybe it will be launched soon as well.

Honda City in India

 

Increasing the percentage of sales manifold in the upcoming span of 2-3 years is something that critics will say long-thinking or over-estimation but Honda as a matter of fact has an impressive line-up of cars and strategies that will back this aspiration of theirs. Owing to the flash floods in Thailand, the plants of Honda based in Japan are presently under pressure as the amount of spare parts for the cars has subsequently increased but the company has vouched to eradicate this obstruction in the upcoming few months when the production rate increases at a colossal rate.

Honda Brio bookings re-open

Honda Siel Cars India has re-opened bookings of its mid-segment hatch, Honda Brio. The car can be booked through all company dealers in India. Honda will try to clear the backlog of Brio bookings by the end of March, and reduce the waiting period of new bookings to max of 60days.

Brio’s production was stopped in December last year, after the Tsunami hit in March followed by floods in Thailand, which affected the production drastically.

Apparently, Honda sources the parts from its alternate markets such as Japan and China, to make up for the production loss. These arrangements seem to be working the company out of its difficult phase.

Honda Brio bookings re-open

About a week ago, we gave the news of Honda returning to full capacity production at its manufacturing facility in India. With this, the Japanese auto maker is aiming to double the existing production of 370 cars a day by next week by operating two shifts per day.

The two Honda hatches-Brio and Jazz, share similar engine, but the Jazz comes under the premium hatch segment, while Brio is mid-segment hatch powered by 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine, producing a max of 89 bhp and 189 Nm of torque. This motor is mated with a five-speed manual gearbox and offers decent mileage.

Honda Brio price starts from Rs 3.95 lacs and goes upto 5.10 lacs (ex showroom Delhi).

We also gave the news of Honda bringing new diesel variants of the two hatches by next year. Honda seems to buckling up to take the market of hatches in India.

Honda Brio bookings re-open

Honda Brio vs. Hyundai i10 – War of the hatchbacks

Ease in driving, supported with a powerful but fuel-economic engine with a delightfully designed cabin are characteristics that have ensured that the Hyundai i10 continues its rule in the hatchback segment. With revised versions and facelifts coming with regularity, the i10 has been able to hold its position higher than its competitors.

However, Honda Brio has been putting in concerted efforts to displace Hyundai from its top position. Both the vehicles have been provided with 1.2L engines with the Brio having a size advantage and the i10 winning on features. With top-end variants of both separated by a pricing of Rs.20,000 only, it remains to be seen which car is going to be the best value for money for the consumers at large.

Engineering and Design:

As mentioned earlier, Honda Brio has a distinct size advantage with additional length and width of 25mm and 80mm respectively over the Hyundai i10. These incremental dimensions have given the vehicle a squatting stance, while its look is further distinctive through its low grille as well as high-mounted headlights. The Brio gets the look of a vehicle ready for action thanks to its sharp rising window lines and its 14-inch wheels. The rear has also a stylish element with its tailgate being completely made of glass and its ideally finished bodywork.

Honda Brio in India

The i10 does not quite match up to the Brio in terms of sporty looks. However, the vehicle has been provided with great detailing with its sharp headlights and hexagonal grille, giving it a feeling of freshness. The tail-profile of the i10 highlights its well maintained cabin as well as the decent space for luggage provided. Providing the boot with a deeper floor ensures that you can fit larger bags into it.

Hyundai i10 in India

Boot space in the Brio is comparatively smaller but it does surprise you with the load that it can carry.

Both cars are front-wheel drives having electrically powered steering systems, independent suspensions at front along with rear torsion beams and transverse motors.

Interior Features:

The passenger room provided in the Brio could even put bigger hatchbacks to shame. It has also maintained the driving position perfectly by giving the driver a great view.

Though quite spacious and also providing good headroom, the i10 comparatively has lesser space inside. Its driving seat has adequate visibility but does not provide thigh support. Its rear seat cushions are a bit hard as well.

Honda Brio interior Hyundai i10 interior

The Brio has a well-built dashboard but it cannot be deemed to be the best due to not having a total central console as well as non-provision of colors and plastics on its dashboard. It simply gives a feeling that the budget slash on this vehicle has been done due to the dashboard.

The i10 has a neat and complete dashboard with stylish layouts. Its top end version, the i10 Asta comes with latest features including CD player, Bluetooth connectivity, rear wash and wipers as well as parking sensors in standard fittings.

Vehicle Performance:

The Honda Brio focuses on economic interest of consumers by using a single-motor 1.2L i-VTEC engine. It achieves good enough power of 88Bhp and does not back out when extra performance is demanded. However, it does not function optimally at low speeds with its gearbox design calling for frequent downshifts. But, its motor is definitely more refined.

Honda Brio in India

The Kappa2 motor used by the i10 has better response providing the car the aggression desired when starting. The motor has been tuned to operate till 6,700rpm but the engine starts feeling strained once the 4,500rpm mark is crossed. Therefore, its pull at top levels does not match that of the Brio.

Transit to 100kmph is achieved in 12.04 seconds and 12.47 seconds by the i10 and the Brio respectively, with the i10 also staying a bit ahead on in-gear acceleration.

The Riding Experience and Handling:

Both the cars have been provided with compact dimensions as well as light steering. This facilitates ease in city driving. The Brio handles bad roads quite effectively. Suspension of the i10 is not as sorted as is with the Brio. The i10 operates comfortably at slower speeds but once speed is picked up on rough roads, the i10 does not look a settled vehicle. This aspect is further compounded if the vehicle happens to be fully loaded.

Hyundai i10 in India

If you develop the urge of revving up on the performance aspect, the Brio proves to be an ideal car. Its willingness to deliver high-end performance with its excellent brakes and the ease with which it tackles corner lends specialty to the Brio. You can push the Brio to its limits but it is still going to retain its confidence, poise and balance.

On the contrary, you definitely need to indulge your senses before pushing the i10. With excessive body roll and the risk of losing poise easily and with its ultra thin tyres losing grip pretty soon, it definitely is not advisable to push the i10 too much.

Fuel Efficiency:

Though it delivers an additional 9Bhp power compared to the i10, the Brio still proves to be better in fuel efficiency. It clocks 12.6km/liter on city roads peaking to 17.0km/liter on highways. On the contrary, the Hyundai i10 delivers figures of 11.7km/liter and 16.0km/liter on cities and highways respectively. The difference though small is critically in favor of the Honda Brio. Both the cars however suffer from a range restriction due to their 35-liter capacity fuel tanks.

The Final Word:

The i10 is a product of extensive engineering combined with a healthy performance. It has won over customers with its versatile usage and still retains this credibility. Extensive and useful features have been provided to the top-end variant of the i10, which exudes class to the vehicle. The car offers good value to its customer’s money and maintaining it is also quite hassle-free. However, it completely lacks the fun element that one can associate with driving the Brio, which also offers a greater degree of passenger comfort, as well as much better riding and handling qualities. The interiors, though well-built in the Brio, somehow make the impression that the car has been made subject to budget cuts.

Honda Brio in India Hyundai i10 in India

However, this dwell is won by the Honda Brio owing to the fact that it gives its users all the charms of a big car at the budget of a small one.

Honda Brio in India test drive

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Honda and affordable cars? Did I make a mistake here? Yes, a few months back, you could literally term me as mad for saying that Honda cars in India are affordable. Infact, even used Honda cars in India are very costly. The trend has changed now with the recent spate of rise in petrol prices plus the fact that even diesel variants are being doled out by other manufacturers at the price of Honda’s petrol engined cars. The Honda City, the company’s proud unabashed proclaimer of success in India, was thrown from its podium position by diesel engined competitors. Wisely enough, Honda resorted to huge price cuts to bring the City back to number one spot plus they also made the Jazz a lot more affordable, so much so that the price difference between the City and Jazz now stands at a cool Rs 3 lakhs. The company’s new baby, the Honda Brio was launched last night with a killer price tag. Now, this would stand to be the new bread and butter model of the company and hence is a very important model in Honda’s Indian lineup. This is before they actually get down to launching a diesel engine in their portfolio, somewhere down the line in 2013. Here is a test drive/review report of the Honda Brio and how actually Honda’s built to price car should fare in the Indian automobile market. Check on Road Price

Honda Brio In India

I had already discussed the looks of the Brio in the Honda Brio In India Preview article and there isn’t much deviation from it for the looks department. Mention must be made of the paint schemes that Honda has chosen for this car. I was never a fan of the Civic or either the City’s paint schemes; however the Brio’s paint scheme is a definite attraction. As with most of the Honda cars, the cab forward design, which was first introduced in the second generation City, is prevalent here. The new Honda wing type grille makes its presence here. From the sides, from a distance, the Honda Brio in India looks similar to the Maruti A-Star. The rear is the most sensational part of the Brio’s design. Why, even this one outdoes the Chevy Beat by offering a complete glass door pane. Too impractical is what my first reaction was. After all, who would want their luggage as also personal belongings to be seen by others? To add insult to injury, there is no rear wiper or even defogger, even for the top of the line variant. Owners would have to be beware of kids playing in their building compounds, lest the cricket ball hits the back pane and it is shattered. The top end variant gets 175/65 R14 tyres that go well with the unique 10 spoke alloy wheel design.

Honda Brio In India

The first time, I had a look around in the Toyota Liva, it was more like I am seated in a Tata car. For the Brio, however, there were no such feelings. Honda has achieved the low cost of this car by localizing about 80 percent of the components including some of the engine components. The ECU is imported directly from Japan. There aren’t too many distractions on the dashboard by the name of features. The top end variant has got audio mounted controls on the steering wheel. The AC controls look very basic, however they work well. The seats are nicely textured and contoured. Me being tall, there was no reason to check out the driver seat adjustment, however, my colleague was not happy with the seating arrangement and add to it that Honda haven’t put the seat height adjustment for the driver. The dashboard is a scooped out unit and hence my knees didn’t hit it. There is a general perception about airiness inside the cabin and a vast part of this has been achieved due to the huge glass area at the rear. For the rear passengers, fitting in a third passenger in the middle would be a squeeze, however the third one wouldn’t have to complain about the lack of leg space. It would mostly be the shoulder room which would be a problem. This car also gets a fair share of cubby holes in the cabin. The boot space is just about okay for this class with 175 liters of deep space. Unfortunately no split seats are available in here; however, the seats fold completely.

Honda Brio In India

Don’t expect Liva like ride quality here, this small Honda carries forward a typical Honda trait. For the front suspension, there are the regular McPherson struts while for the rear suspension, there is a torsion beam in the shape of a H. This Honda is stiffly sprung and in this very state of tune, it doesn’t manage to scrape the speed-brakers either. The steering wheel is light, just like all Hondas; however it also has a sufficient feedback dialed into it. The ride quality is nothing home to talk about and this hatchback just about rides okay. For the handling, this Honda is right up there with the rest of its clan. In cabin noise is also minimum and unlike the other built to a cost options in the market, the engine is also fairly a quiet unit. Highway stability is also fantastic in this car.

Honda Brio In India

The Brio sports the same petrol engine of 1.2 liter capacity. It also gets variable valve timing or iVTEC in Honda’s language. However, unlike the Jazz, this one doesn’t get the 90 Ps configuration and instead comes in at 87 Bhp and 109 Nm of torque. The 5 speed manual gearbox is similar to the one in the Jazz and even the gear knob is an identical thing. Readers would remember me commenting on the Jazz’s weak bottom end. The good news is that the Brio has got reworked gear ratios which ensure that the Brio is er, swift off the line. It can easily touch 145 kmph, what with the iVTEC engine being utter refined. The clutch action, typical of Honda cars, is very smooth. The brakes are also fantastic units. The top two variants get ABS as also EBD along with twin air bags. The base version of the Brio weighs in only at 920 kgs and this in hatchback parlance can be termed as porky. The ARAI fuel efficiency of 18.4 kmpl is also not class leading for a hatchback sporting a 1.2 liter engine. Nevertheless, it should keep the fuel efficiency minded customers sort of happy. Honda has said that they have no intentions of bringing in an automatic version of the Brio, since the market conditions simply don’t demand it.

Honda Brio In India interior Honda Brio In India interior

The Honda Brio has got 4 variants in its fold. The base or primary version would be called as E and it would come with steel wheels and front power windows. The middle line S variant would get the AC and heater, steel wheels with caps and also some other goodies. The one version above it, the S option would have ABS, EBD and airbags as an addition to it. The top of the line V variant would get steering mounted audio controls, keyless entry, alloy wheels and a music system. The Honda Brio price in India is Rs 3.95 lakhs for the base E variant and it would go upto Rs 5.10 for the V variant.

Honda Brio wheel

Honda Brio technical specifications, price and variants.

Honda Brio in India Preview

Honda have always being bringing in their latest technology to the Indian shores however what was missing was always the presence of a diesel engine in their lineup. But then Honda have always being reluctant about pulling in a diesel engine to their Indian lineup and this arrogance has cost them big time recently. The Honda City falling behind the Volkswagen Vento in regards to sales for consecutive two months is testimony enough to the fact. Out of the cumulative sales of the petrol and diesel engined Vento, it was the diesel which garnered more sales. Volkswagen, though, don’t depend entirely on the Vento to generate their volumes number. It is the Volkswagen Polo, the small car in their lineup which is the volumes garner. It is a known fact that Honda is a more revered brand in India than Volkswagen. Even Honda CR-V owners have a high respect for this cars and the same is with the Honda bike lovers here. Honda have realized that to stay in the volumes game, they would have to bring in a small car. Small cars sell 4 times more than their bigger counterparts. Unfortunately the Tsunami and stuff made sure that the designated launch of their small car, the Honda Brio in India couldn’t happen as decided. Infact, its launch has been pushed forward to Diwali. We have a preview of the Honda Brio here in this article.

The looks signal a cab forward design, something which Honda have been using since the time the second generation City set foot on the Indian shores. The chunky chrome grille is present with the Honda logo in the center. The all new City has it and the Honda Civic with its 2011 edition would follow suit. The Accord started it all. The head lamps are pop out ones, much like the ones found in the Maruti A-star. There are fake air intakes much in a similar fashion that one can see in a fighter plane. The Brio also looks like a concept car, in the same way that the Chevy Beat and the Maruti A-star look like. The wing mirrors are body colored while Honda has provided 14 inch wheels as a standard fare. Now, if they would feature alloys or not would depend on the variants that they would bring in to India. There are evidences of a Swift and A-star, Beat inspired design in the way that the roofline suddenly swoops downwards. The front window glass is very low while the rear one is on the higher side. The clear lens tail lamps however make for a great feature. They are triangular in nature and have a large circular red stop lamp. However one design factor in the Honda Brio which stands out is the absence of a boot hatch. Instead it has got a glass pane. The glass pane is devoid of any wiper as well. The Honda logo sits proudly atop this very glass pane.

Honda’s trump car has always being the interiors of their cars which, though, speak of not many features but just high quality materials. However coming to the Brio’s cabin, customers are bound to be disappointed. It seems to have gone more the Etios way rather than the Polo way. The dashboard is filled with black colored materials and the glove box is in beige color. The dashboard doesn’t feel soft to touch and is made up with grainy material. Equipment levels are bare basic as one can expect from an economy hatch. There is the same audio player as seen on the Honda City and pretty much nothing else. The seats seem taken from the Tata Nano as they have an integrated head rest to them. Just like the Suzuki Swift, the front seats have been given preference over the rear ones and hence they feel more comfortable overall. There are 4 speakers and two tweeters given in this car. As for the rear seats, they are said to be not comfortable much in the same ball park as other Honda cars are. The steering wheel is a 3 spoke unit however Honda haven’t provided the same wheel as in the Jazz. Moreover, there are no audio controls a la Volkswagen Polo. The meter dials are somewhat similar to the ones in the City however Honda says there is a difference as there is an Eco mode light indicator. What it does is something which would only be revealed once we take a test drive of the Honda Brio in India or even a review. Plenty of storage options abound in the cabin and this is definitely in place to mask the tiny boot space which the Brio comes with. Clearly Honda is aiming for the singles market rather than make this hatch one for the families.

Honda have made the steering wheel in the Brio to have electrical assist much like the one in the Jazz. It is said that the Thailand version of the Honda Brio has been tuned to be on the stiffer side. This means that ride quality over typical Indian roads and that is if the Brio comes in the same suspension setup as the one in Thailand, would be a bit jiggly. Moreover noise insulation is also not said to be good enough than the others in its class. Up the speeds and the Brio is said to be very stable on the highways with a good ride quality. The handling of this car would be in the same leagues as that of the Honda Jazz albeit with lesser metal at the rear. The tyres on the Jazz would give away easily however the ones in the Brio are said to be much wider though the exact configuration that would be coming to India is yet unknown. It is said that the Thai customers prefer noisier cars as they give a sense of speed while the Indian customers prefer silent interiors. Honda would do well to add some sound deadening materials under the hood.

As for the engine option, there is only a single engine option under the hood of the Honda Brio in India. It would be the same 1.2 liter Ivtec unit which is present in the Honda Jazz. This 4 cylinder unit makes 90 Bhp of power at a lofty 6000 rpm while the torque figure is 110 Nm at 4800 rpm. Transmission option would initially be a 5 speed manual unit however as demand picks up, Honda may also consider offering the CVT transmission. The Brio weighs in about a good 70-80 kgs less than what the Jazz weighs. So its performance would definitely be better than that of the Jazz. Honda haven’t given any official performance figures however we think that the Brio would be quicker by almost 1.5 seconds from the 0-100 kmph dash than the Jazz. As for the safety features, the Brio would come with discs in the front and drums in rear with brake boosters. ABS would be available on the top end variant. The top variant would come with twin airbags. As for the fuel efficiency, it is certain to eclipse the Honda Jazz, which incidentally is the most fuel efficient car in its class. With a lighter kerb weight and similar engine, it is definite that the fuel efficient would not be anything less than class leading.

Certain cost cutting measures are evident in the construction of the Honda Brio. Even though it is one of the most eagerly awaited cars in its category, the Indian public have now grown wary of waiting for it. Unfortunately the circumstances are such that Honda had to push back the launch date to Diwali season of 2011. God forbid, if there is any other catastrophe that would hit this launch, then it would be curtains down for the Brio, that is even before it is launched here. Well, the fact that Toyota can make budget cars is a myth has been busted aptly by the Etios and now it remains to be seen if Honda can actually break the myth with the all new Honda Brio in India. The Honda Brio price in India is expected to start from Rs 4.3 lakhs and end up in Rs 5.23 lakhs for the top end variant. If at all, the CVT comes in, expect it to add another Rs 80k to the equation.