The 2016 Honda Brio facelift has been launched in India, in the form of the new sedan Honda Brio Amaze, which is simply called Honda Amaze in the subcontinent. The Brio Amaze made its debut in Thailand back in November 2012.
This face job is a pretty prominent one, featuring a new front bumper that’s a lot bolder than the original item – much more sculpted now and sporting three-piece “intakes”. The new grille incorporates an upright Honda badge with thick chrome wings that connect the teardrop headlamps, which appear unchanged. The new look is more in keeping with Honda’s latest models.
Less change at the back, where the latest Amaze comes with new tail lamp clusters. The position of the brake lights and indicators have been swapped – it’s now signals on top of the brakes. Seven colours are available, including the new Bluish Titanium Metallic hero colour.
Changes are bigger inside thanks to an all-new two-tone (black-beige) dashboard that has the style and layout of the City and Jazz, which is significantly more contemporary and premium in look compared to the original circular-themed cabin. Ditto the three-dial instrument cluster. Top variants get things like multi-info display, climate control and Honda Connect.
As before, India gets a 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol engine and a 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel motor. Both come with a five-speed manual, and the diesel is manual-only, but the automatic gearbox for the petrol is now an Earth Dreams Tech G-Design Shift CVT in place of the old five-speed auto. Honda claims 18.1 km/l for the 90 PS petrol CVT. Prices range from INR 5.29 lakhs (RM32,483) to INR 8.19 lakhs (RM50,252).