Honda's small car, Brio, has been in the Indian market for about two and a half years now, and that amount of time has qualified it to receive a facelift. A top Honda India official confirmed the facelift, but declined to provide a launch timeline.
In this rendering presented by Geijutsute, the Brio is seen with Honda's new front face which the company refers to as the Solid Wing Face (seen on the new City).
Apart from the new grille and bumper, this rendering foresees no other changes to the small hatchback. In the middle of last year, Honda launched a mildly updated Brio in Thailand which got a rear wiper and washer along with a plastic applique, to lend more style to the all-glass bootlid.
Mechanically, we do not expect the Honda Brio to change in anyway. The hatchback is powered by a 1.2-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine outputting 88 PS and 109 Nm of torque in India. A Honda official told Indian Autos Blog that the company has no plans to introduce its i-DTEC diesel engine in any of its existing products (which at that time were the Brio, older City and Accord).
The Brio's monthly sales average of 1,235 units (January-March 2014 period) falls short of the competition from Hyundai and Maruti. A facelift with inclusion of features such as a rear wiper and a better entertainment system may help bring additional volumes.
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