2016 Honda Brio
New Brio comes with minor cosmetic changes and redesigned dashboard. Pictured: 2016 Honda BrioHonda Asia & Oceania Media Newsroom

Honda Car India is reportedly planning to launch the face-lifted version of the Brio hatchback in September. The company had showcased the new version of the Brio at Indonesia International Motor Show in April this year. The India-spec model is also expected to carry similar cosmetic changes.

The new version concentrates purely on cosmetic add-ons, since the current avatar of the Brio was heavily criticised for its old design. The face of the hatchback features a redesigned bumper that looks more aggressive. The new grille has been draped in black, in line with overall sporty touches. The side profile and the rear remain largely unchanged, except a thick chrome bar between tail lamps. The 14-inch alloy wheels in new design are also part of the new Brio.

Honda has completely reworked the dashboard of the Brio. The new version gets a fresh layout, which has been seen in the BR-V and the new Amaze. Additional features in the new Brio will include a new audio system, steering wheel-mounted audio button, LED high-mount stop lamps, projector headlamps and ABS for the RS version. The RS variant also gets a 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment unit.

The facelift will be sold with the same i-VTEC 1.2-litre engine that produces a maximum power of 89bhp at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 110Nm at 4,800rpm. The Brio is available with either five-speed manual or CVT transmission.

Honda Car India launched the Brio in 2011. The entry-level hatchback has continued without any change on the exterior for almost five years. In 2015, Honda launched the VX trim with all-black upholstery and a touchscreen audio-visual unit. The facelift will keep the product fresh until the next generation of the Brio, which is expected to be launched in 2018.

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