The Honda Brio is selling in low numbers and due to this, the automaker will not be launching any facelift of the car in 2016.
At the beginning of 2016, it was highly speculated that Honda will be launching an updated version of the Brio in the coming months. However, the Japanese automaker launched the Amaze facelift. The Amaze is a compact sedan based on the Brio and it is doing far better numbers than what its hatchback counterpart manages.
The Honda Brio is selling less than 500 units a month (just 399 units sold last month) while the Amaze easily does 3000-4000-odd units. The hatchback is offered with only a petrol engine and that is a significant reason for it to not sell in big numbers. Honda will not be launching any updated version of the Brio this year and it is likely to get a facelift only in 2017. Honda’s next launch in India is the BR-V while the Mobilio is set to get a facelift later this year, followed by the best-selling City.
The Honda Brio was launched in India in 2011 and it received good demand in the initial few months. However, rising competition in the hatchback segment made sure that the vehicle couldn’t sell in very high numbers. The Brio is powered by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that produces 90 PS of power and 109 Nm of torque.
The Honda Brio competes with the likes of the Maruti Swift, Hyundai Grand i10 and Mahindra KUV100. The Brio facelift that will be launched in 2017 is likely to bear a lot of resemblance to the Amaze facelift. If Honda does start offering a diesel engine with the Brio, then it would completely change the market.
Honda Brio Facelift Launch
– The Brio is selling in really low numbers every month
– The facelifted Brio is now expected to hit the market only in 2017
– It is unclear whether Honda will offer a diesel engine or not
– The next generation of the car is being prepared too
Source – ZigWheels.com