Honda Cars India is said to be readying up a new variant of its hot selling Brio hatchback. The VX variant of the Brio is expected to be launched in April 2013 and will come with new features that the Japanese car maker has added to the Brio. The new features are said to be added keeping customer feedback in mind. Given that the Brio is well under a couple of years old in the Indian car market, the second such refresh does indicate that Honda is taking the Indian car buyer’s voice very seriously. Incidentally, Honda launched a new entry level version of the Brio a few months ago.
The Brio in VX trim is expected to gain a rear demister and a driver seat adjustment feature. The rear wiper though is something that isn’t expected to be offered on the Brio given that its rear hatch lid design isn’t designed to play host to a wiper. So, car buyers will have to live with that at least until the next big refresh for the Brio. Meanwhile, the Brio that’s sold in India is exported to countries like South Africa and therefore the new variant’s features are expected to filter down to the export markets as well. The Brio sold in India is powered by a 1.2 Liter i-VTEC naturally aspirated petrol engine that outputs 88 Bhp of peak power and 110 Nm of peak torque. This engine is mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard while Honda offers a 5 speed automatic gearbox as an option.
The Brio’s compact nature and light weight means that the car is an ideal city hatchback, well suited for first timers due to the excellent visibility all around. The Brio’s light weight and eager i-VTEC motor means that the car is a peppy drive around town, a point and shoot machine that city slickers love. The car does have its share of downsides like a cramped rear seat and a tiny boot. Honda does have plans of launching a diesel powered Brio given that the made-for-India 1.5 Liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine is all set to be launched by the middle of this year. The diesel engined Brio however, could take longer to see the light of the day. A 2014 launch of beyond is how long it could take before Honda outfits the Brio with the 1.5 Liter turbo diesel engine. Until then though, the car is expected to motor on with the peppy 1.2 Liter petrol mill.