The genre of small cars or hatchbacks has always seen high competition due to its economical price brackets and convenient designs. Honda’s Brio with its advent a couple of years ago proved to be indifferent to the cause. However, 2018 Honda Brio is looking to tell a different story in European markets with a new platform and facelift.
2018 Honda Brio – Exterior Styling Expectations and Interior Styling
The exteriors of Honda Brio 2018 are simple yet smart. The front fascia includes a pair of halogen headlamps with cornering lights bordering its edges. The traditional company grille now comes in matte black and bears Honda’s logo at the centre.
The large front bumper accounts for some delicate styling and incorporates a couple of fog lamps in a mesh design. Chrome inserts will play a major role this time providing an exquisite touch to the vehicle.
Expect the interior décor of this budget hatchback to bear a combination of plastics and leather. While the dash, cup holders, and window panes opt for hard plastic finishes, the steering wheel and seats go with pure leather upholsteries.
The company takes special care of infotainment in its 2018 Honda Brio. It gets a stereo system that comes coupled to a 6-speaker surround sound system. It will also support FM Radio, 2 USB ports, auxiliary support and a mobile charging port.
This hatchback is essentially a 4-seater by all means and provides almost 200 litres of boot space. On folding its rear seats, this storage space can escalate up to 310 litres.
Maintaining Safety Standards:
In terms of safety, the 2018 Honda Brio receives a two-way approach. Prime features in the South East Asian variant include 4-way airbags and Pretension Front Belts with Load limiters. Braking enhancement comes with ABS as well as EBD as standard. It also provides the Anti-Theft system with remote locking and GPS tracking.
The European variant, on the other hand, will meet both highway and city safety standard separately. Side Impact Beams, Lane Departure Warning, Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Alert, come as standard; while Low Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Traction Control and Hill Climb Assist come as options. Within city boundaries, Cross Traffic Alert and Rear-View Camera gains prominence as safety aspects.
2018 Honda Brio – A Powerhouse of Twin 100s
A 1.2-liter i-VTec 4 cylinder gasoline engine is what Honda is using to power Brio. Engine configuration remains constant across its 4 trims – E, S, VX, and VX AT. It produces 100 hp and 100 lb-ft. of torque and comes coupled to a 5-speed manual transmission. However, despite comprising on power outputs, this small car generates up to 6,000 rpm.
This will allow 2018 Brio to sprint from 0-60 mph in 8.9 seconds. Clocking 98 mph is the top speed of this vehicle while EPA ratings are 44/49/46 mpg. (City/Highway/Combined.)
2018 Honda Brio – Price, Competitors and Release Date
The 2018 Honda Brio will lock horns directly with Hyundai i10, Toyota Etios Liva, and Ford Figo. With an economic price tag of $13,000, it is all set to hit world market by the first half of 2018.