Honda Brio facelift rendered: New Gujarat plant?
The smallest car on offer from Honda Cars India Limited Brio is now seen in a new render with Honda’s trademark front grille. Expected to be seen in the Brio facelift, the render shows that the front receives a solid wing face as is seen on the new City and Jazz.
First launched over two years ago, Brio is scheduled to receive a facelift, but when will this facelift version come, is yet not certain. The upcoming Honda Brio facelift will receive a new bumper and grille but mechanically no changes are slated to come into effect.
The Brio will hence continue with its 1.2 liter four cylinder i-VTEC petrol engine offering 88 ps peak power and 109 Nm peak torque with the company having no intentions of launching a diesel powered variant. This will help them effectively compete with competition. For the period of January to March 2014 Honda India sold about 4.5k units of Brio.
With the new City already launched, Honda India now looks towards launching the new Mobilio MPV and Jazz hatchback. Mobilio launch will take place this quarter, whereas that of Brio will happen in early 2014. Honda currently produces its cars from two plants in Rajasthan and Greater Noida with an annual capacity of 240,000 cars. But with the launch of new cars, they will need to increase their capacity even further.
Business Standard reveals that they are planning to setup a new car factory in Gujarat on around 250 acres of land in Vithalpur. This place is close to the Maruti Suzuki plant slated to come up in at Hansalpur and the Honda Motorcycle and Scooter plant near Ahmedabad.