Thursday, 1 September 2011

Much awaited Honda Brio video is finally here – to be launched in September

The Video of Honda Brio and our verdict on the Exterior & Interior appearances of Car is below

Honda's first small car for the mass market, Brio will be launched this month. The car is expected to be priced at Rs 4.2 lakh to Rs 4.5 lakh to compete with Maruti's Swift, Volkswagen's Polo, Ford's Figo, Hyundai's i10 and Toyota's Liva. The car has a 1200cc petrol engine which generates power to the tune of 90 BHP. It accommodates five adults, but falls in Indian government's small car category that is taxed 10% compared to 22% for bigger vehicles.

Honda has already grown its network to 150 outlets in 72 cities now from 120 outlets last year as the Honda brand was extended to towns such as Asansol, Hubli, Gorakpur, Mandi, Nellore, Alwar, Coonoor and Dibrugarh in recent months. 

The first thing you notice head-on is Brio’s strong resemblance to the Jazz. And for what is a small car, it doesn’t look much smaller, which is a very good thing. Move to the side and there’s a window line that gradually moves up, but not so much to make the rear seat passengers feel like prisoners. At the rear, you’re greeted with protruding tail lights and an all-glass tailgate. Rearward visibility is excellent because of this, but the flipside is, one careless reverse shift or someone failing to brake in time could mean the whole backside is gone. Granted there won’t be shards flying through the cabin because of laminated glass, but replacing will be costly, especially considering that insurance will only cover 50% of the cost. Nevertheless, the car looks good, even fantastic in brighter colours as light accentuates the creases.

The not-so-small car image gets endorsed inside. Light colours and curved thin pillars make the interior seem much larger. The whole interior is engineered to a cost, but that’s not apparent. The front seats are designed with integrated headrests to reduce moving components and, in turn, cost. They also have concave seat backs to liberate more leg and knee room for the rear passengers. For the driver, controls fall easily in range, and are intuitively placed. The up-level variants even get steering mounted audio controls for the music system. Sitting in the driver’s seat, outward visibility, both front and back, is excellent. The back seat, at first glance, seems narrower, but any wider and it would be rubbing against rear wheels. Leg, knee and shoulder room are good, but those couple of inches of width are what differentiate this from a proper five-seater. Sure, there are five seat belts and three head rests in the back, but try squeezing three normal-sized folks and you’ll surely hear some complaints.

Enjoy watching the Video of Brio and let us know your verdict on the same ?

 Video by Economic Times


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