Honda Cars India Ltd. Have introduced the auto variant for the Honda Brio S(O) and V variants priced at Rs 5.74 and Rs 5.99 Lakh respectively. The new auto transmission is a 5 – speed unit, a first in the segment. Honda also announced the introduction of a new, more economical EX variant in the Honda Brio line-up with new features. Also, the Brio now comes with “Honda Care Maintenance Package (HCMP)” for free periodic maintenance service up to 40,000km or 2 years which ever occur first. The new maintenance package is priced at Rs 9996/-.
Prices ex showroom Delhi of complete Brio range:
E MT Rs. 406,000
EX MT (new) Rs. 426,000
S MT Rs. 455,000
S(O) MT Rs. 499,000
S(O) AT (new) Rs. 574,000
V MT Rs. 524,000
V AT (new) Rs. 599,000
The Brio, which has sold more than 25,000 units till now has the engine unaltered for its AT variant. The car is powered by a 4 cylinder 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine with 88 PS of peak power and 109 Nm of peak torque. The fuel efficiency for the new AT variant is 16.5 km/l, according to Honda, which is excellent. However, it’s not an ARAI figure and is derived from the company’s own internal test result. Expect the real world fuel efficiency of the car to be much less.
Honda’s 5-speed Automatic Transmission’s unique design allows the vehicle to automatically perform gearshift operations in response to speed, load and other relevant driving conditions.
Brio 5-speed AT features a compact design, direct co-ordination control function with the Drive by Wire (DBW) system for smooth gear operation. It also achieves powerful acceleration and superior fuel economy with the use of both close and wide gear ratios.
The new AT shift lever in Honda Brio features 7 positions to change the shift position in accordance with the driving needs.
1. P – Park. Used when parking or starting the engine
2. R – Reverse. Used when Reversing
3. N – Neutral. Used when idling
4. D – Drive. (1st through 5th) Normal driving; starts off in 1st, shifts automatically to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, then 5th, depending on vehicle speed and accelerator pedal position
5. D3 – Drive (D3). (1st through 3rd) Used for rapid acceleration at highway speeds and general driving, up-hill and down-hill driving; starts off in 1st, shifts automatically to 2nd, then 3rd, depending on vehicle speed and accelerator pedal position.
6. 2 – Second. Used for engine braking or better traction starting off on loose or slippery surfaces; stays in 2nd gear and does not shift up and down.
7. 1 – First. Used for engine braking; stays in 1st gear, does not shift up.
In addition, a new EX variant, which is an addition to the Brio line up, will feature 1 DIN audio system (AM/FM, MP3, USB with Aux –In) with Front speakers. Visual upgrades over the base E variant like Body Coloured Outside Rear View Mirrors, Body Coloured Outside Door Handles, and Door CTR Sash tape makes the EX variant more appealing to the entry level buyer for the model. Also, Honda Brio S grade is now equipped with Power Adjustable Outside Rear View Mirrors along with Front & Rear mud guards.
The complete range of the Brio has been expanded and will now be available in 7 grades- E MT, EX MT, S MT, S(O) MT, S(O) AT, V MT and V AT.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Jnaneswar Sen. Sr. VP, Marketing & Sales, Honda Cars India Ltd., said, “Automatic transmissions are gaining popularity in hatchback segment due to our stop-go traffic. Our dealer and customer voice indicated that there is a good potential for automatic in the Brio segment,” he further added.