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

The new Brio facelift from the house of Japanese auto-maker Honda has hit the assembly lines at the company's Tapukara plant in Rajasthan in India, reports Indian Autos Blog. The Brio facelift, which is yet-to-be-launched in India, would be exported to the South African markets.

The new made in India Brio facelift marked its entry into the South African markets last week along with the new Amaze facelift. The Brio facelift is also expected to come to the Indian market later this year.

The facelift avatar of the Brio carries over the same i-VTEC 1.2-litre engine of the previous model, which produces 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 five-speed automatic transmission.

As for styling, the 2016 Brio facelift gets redesigned bumper with new grille in black. While the side profile and the rear remain largely untouched in its new avatar, except a thick chrome bar between tail lamps, the Brio has received an all new dashboard inspired from the BR-V SUV. It also features projector headlights and a new music system.

Meanwhile, it was also being reported that the Honda has already started working on the next-gen Brio, which is expected to make its debut in 2018. Honda is also said to be readying a new-generation CR-V and an Amaze compact sedan, which would also see the light of the day in 2018.

The new-gen Brio is expected to do away with the original quirky rear styling and could feature a conventional tail-light unit. The hatchback is also expected to add a diesel engine under the hood.

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