Honda Brio Diesel E Review
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The Brio prototype was first exhibited at the 2010 Thailand International Motor Show. This hatchback was especially designed by Honda for the emerging markets of the developing nations like India and Thailand. But later in 2012, it was launched in South Africa also. Honda launched a MPV and a sedan based on the Brio platform. There are total five variants of Brio (hatchback) available in Indian Market named as E, EX, S, V and VX. The VX variant is available with manual transmission as well as automatic transmission. Honda is planning to launch a diesel version of Brio in the upcoming months.
The 4-cylinder, 16-valve SOHC engine of Brio petrol makes 1198cc of displacement. This i-VTEC engine generates 85bhp of power at 6000rpm. The maximum torque produced is 109Nm at 4500rpm. It has programmed fuel injection system commonly known as PGMFI. The engine is mated with 5-speed manual transmission and the VX variant has an option for 5-speed automatic transmission also. The diesel engine is expected to generate maximum power of 70 BHP. It can reach a mark to 100kmph in just 12 seconds and have a top speed of 185kmph. The external measurements of this hatchback are 3610mm in length, 1680mm in width and 1500mm in height. The wheelbase is measured 2345mm and it has the minimum ground clearance of 165mm. It has McPherson strut suspension system in front axle and torsion beam suspension system in the rear axle.
Honda has installed ventilated disc brakes in the front tires and drum brakes are provided with the rear tires. It has total fuel tank capacity of 35-liters. The steering of Brio is electrically powered and makes minimum turning radius of 4.5meters. The Honda Brio has body colored bumpers, Halogen lights, chrome front grille and antenna in the rear as the exterior specifications. The interiors of Brio consists of Sporty amber color illumination, body colored inner boor handles, single tone beige(in E, EX, S, MT) and dual tone beige (in VX), chrome air vents & gear shift knob and 100% foldable rear seats. The basic variants lack the music system but the other variants have Honda's advanced integrated Audio system with mounted controls on steering wheel that supports AM/FM, MP3, USB and auxiliary inputs.
The security features of basic variants of Brio includes ACE body structure, engine immobilizer, high mount stop lamp, seat belt reminder and the high end models have ABS with EBD, front i-SRS(intelligent) air bags, seatbelts with load limiters and rear windshield defogger. The air conditioner of Brio allows heating and cooling of the cabin. Honda has provided this hatchback with comfort features like central locking, driver seat height adjustments, keyless entry, 12V power socket, dual horn in high end models, headlamps off and ignition key reminder. All the windows are electrically powered and the higher end variants supports auto up/down feature also. The instrument cluster included in the Brio has digital clock, fuel consumption display and tachometer. The outside rear view mirrors are electrically controlled and can be controlled via buttons. Honda Brio petrol is available in six astonishing colors as Taffeta White, Crystal Black Pearl, Alabaster Silver, Energetic Blue, Urban Titanium and Rally Red.