At the Indonesian Motor Show this week, Honda presented the mid-cycle upgrade of the current generation of Brio. It is an urban model that is marketed in several Asian markets, which arrives renewed and also debut a new version of more dynamic aspect, called RS. This is a visual upgrade that rejuvenates the front with a new bumper and a new grille, and the rear with new lanterns, as well as new designs for the alloy wheels. On the other hand, along with this update debut the new Honda Brio RS, a version that marks the sporting aspect, thanks to a more aggressive aesthetic treatment. The RS trim adds side skirts, headlights with LED daytime running lights, 15-inch alloy wheels and a new trim on the rear window, as well as emblems that identify it as RS. But the most important modifications of the renewed Honda Brio happened inside, that has completely renewed. A new dashboard, with more complete and modern instrumentation, and improvements in materials and finishes, has been introduced to improve the quality of the model. In addition, it has a new digital control for the air conditioning and a new infotainment system equipped with a touch screen of 6.2 inches. Underneath the hood comes the i-VTEC four-cylinder 1.2-liter engine, which receives improvements and now generates 90 hp and 110 Nm of torque, a slight improvement over the 88 hp of the model it replaces. The engine is combined with a five-speed manual transmission or a CVT-type automatic. In addition, a lot of accessories are offered to customize it, which include chrome inserts in the exterior and interior, sport exhaust pipes, etc.


Honda introduces City’s 2016 lineup with new features that make it even more complete on all versions. The sedan is in its second generation in Brazil – launched in the second half of last year – and has four configurations: DX, LX, EX and EXL. All are equipped with the 1.5 i-VTEC FlexOne engine allied to the five-speed manual transmission in the DX and CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) in the other versions. With bold style, high level of comfort and efficiency, the City 2016 brings in all the line items of series like: air-conditioning (manual in the versions DX and LX, and digital touchscreen in EX and EXL); sound system with Bluetooth, USB input and HFT (Hands Free Telephone) function; electric drive for door locks, windows and external mirrors; steering wheel with height and depth adjustment; modern and easy-to-view instrument panel; as well as a penknife type key with locking system and unlocking the doors with immobilizer. Among the safety equipment, the model has brakes with ABS; electric EPS (Electric Power Steering); driver and front passenger airbags, plus side and curtain airbags in the EXL version; three-point seat belts; The DX version added a number of top-of-the-range items such as a penknife switch, instrument panel and white color audio display, gradient windshield, steering depth adjustment (height adjustment already) and rear-view mirrors in color bodywork. In addition to these equipment, the LX version brings as novelties the chrome internal knobs and audio control on the steering wheel. In the City EX, the steering wheel was finished in leather and a central front armrest with a storage compartment was added. The EXL version also has curtain airbags, which covers the entire glazed side, totaling six protection bags (front, side and curtain), and 7.0-inch multimedia center with integrated navigator. This system has USB, micro SD and auxiliary inputs, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection. The screen also reproduces the image of the rear camera. Another outstanding technology in the EX and EXL settings is the digital air conditioner with touchscreen commands.

Comfort, sophistication and excellent interior space

The new equipment added to the City line reinforces the modernity, sophistication and high quality standard of the model, characteristics that put it at a higher level. The current generation, launched in the second half of last year, brought changes in design, internal space and mechanical assembly, as well as technological innovations.
Inside, the space has been enlarged, significantly improving the comfort for the occupants. For the driver and passenger of the front seat, the distance between the shoulders has been increased by 40 mm and the head-to-ceiling space is 10 mm larger than the previous generation. Rear seat passengers also have more legroom, with a 60-mm lift in the distance for the front seats and a further 70 mm in the knee space. The luggage and objects can easily be accommodated in the trunk, which has access expanded by 20 mm and has a capacity of 536 liters (including the space below).

Performance and efficiency

The 1.5 i-VTEC 16V engine features FlexOne technology, which dispenses the auxiliary fuel tank for cold starting as it heats the fuel in the injector itself, if necessary. When there is a high concentration of ethanol and low ambient temperature, the injectors heat the fuel as needed, resulting in a quick and safe start. This propeller offers high performance combined with the reduction of fuel consumption, achieving “A” classification in the Conpet (test carried out by Inmetro – National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology), both in the Relative Comparison in the Category and in the Overall Absolute Comparison. The i-VTEC 1.5 generates 116 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 150 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm when fueled with ethanol – it’s 115 hp at 6,000 rpm and 149 Nm at 4,800 rpm with gasoline. This performance is due mainly to the variable valve control, which electronically controls the synchronization and opening of the valves, allowing efficient responses in all ranges of rotation. The DX version has a five-speed manual transmission and the others are equipped with a CVT transmission, with EX and EXL bringing ‘butterflies’ on the steering wheel for seven-speed virtual gear changes. The CVT transmission has a torque converter and a higher turn elasticity, which improves traction at low speeds, providing faster response, linear acceleration and fuel economy. To ensure excellent handling, comfort and safety, the suspension has also been perfected in this generation. At the front, the system is MacPherson type, with a hydraulic stop to reduce the ‘rebound’ effect – it prevents the impact of the suspension at the end of the course when leaving a spine, for example. At the rear, there are hydraulic bushings and a tighter spindle. The City 2016 line has a three-year unlimited mileage warranty and will be available at dealerships starting in February in the following colors: Metallic Jupiter Brown, Metallic Barium Gray, Metallic Iridium Gray, Metallic Global Silver, White Taffetá and Pearl Crystal.


– In constant evolution, the model also has news for the LXR version, which starts with the VSA traction / stability control and the unprecedented HSA (Hill Start Assist), maintaining itself as a reference in handling and technology in its category. Honda introduces the 2016 Civic, and brings as a main novelty the return of the top EXR version, which complements the line already made up of the LXS and LXR configurations. The Civic EXR is relaunched with the changes in the exterior and interior of the vehicle received by the LXR version in the line 2015 – differentiated front grille, chrome bar in the air intake of the bumper, fog light with circular shape, alloy wheels ring 17 inch top black interior trim and metallised paint finish on the dashboard frame – as well as adding comfort, safety and entertainment technologies. Amongst the highlights, the top-of-the-line version features VSA (Vehicle Stability Assist) traction / stability control and the MA-EPS (Motion Adaptive Electric Power Steering) steering system, which interprets the driver’s movement favoring or when the car starts to leave the trajectory in a curve, helping in the resumption of control of the vehicle. The Civic EXR is also equipped with Hill Start Assist (HSA), a ramp start assist, which keeps the vehicle braking for a few seconds to assist in uphill climb. Continuing the steady evolution of the model and reference in drivability and technology in the mid-range sedan category, Honda has also adopted these features for the Civic LXR as a novelty of the 2016 line. The new equipment package makes the vehicle even more complete, characteristics that have consecrated him as a success in his segment: pleasure in driving, high technology, sophistication and sporty and jovial design.

Innovation and refinement

In addition to the innovations shared with the LXR version, EXR has exclusive equipment. On the exterior, the highlights are the sunroof and the door handles of the chrome doors – in the LXR, the parts are painted in the color of the body. Internally, the top-of-the-line version features a new multimedia system with retractable 7-inch LCD monitor and browser integrated into the panel. This unit brings software more advanced than the previous generation, including GPS integrated with the traffic information of the main capitals of the country – initially, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia and Belo Horizonte. The hardware is also new and enables Wi-Fi connection with the use of browser for internet access (when the vehicle is not in motion), as well as the Bluetooth connection for calls and audio playback. Also included as a novelty is the HDMI input that allows the reproduction of audio, video and images in high definition through devices such as notebooks, digital cameras and others. There are also two USB ports, plus the CD player and the auxiliary input. Image reproduction of the rearview camera has three viewing modes (normal, wide field and top to bottom), including the dynamic guide function, in which the guide line accompanies the steering wheel rotation

In the LXR and LXS versions of the Civic 2016, the audio hub is comprised of a 5-inch color LCD monitor in the dashboard, which reproduces the vehicle’s general information, on-board computer and the rear-view camera image, as well as data of the audio system, which has CD player, auxiliary input, USB and Bluetooth. The air conditioning is digital throughout the line, making it possible to maintain the ideal temperature inside the vehicle. The panel features a black top, contrasting with a light gray bottom, and a metallic paint finish on the dashboard frame, giving it a sporty and sophisticated look. The LXR and EXR versions also feature automatic headlamp activation, leather seat trim and steering wheel controls with chrome rims. The Honda Civic 2016 features all-wheel-drive power steering, four-wheel disc brakes, ABS (anti-lock braking) and EBD (braking distribution). The EXR version still adds side and curtain airbags. On the outside, in addition to the attractive and sporty look, the low beam headlight with cannon-type projectors enhances the focus, providing more safety due to the better directing of the light in night driving. In the LXR and EXR versions, the wheels are 17-inch light alloy wheels with unique design and diamond finish. The 205 / 50R17 tires guarantee better handling, with lower rolling resistance, without compromising passenger comfort.

FlexOne for the whole line

The entire Civic 2016 line – from the LXS i-VTEC 1.8 SOHC to the EXR i-VTEC 2.0 SOHC top version – features the modern FlexOne system, which dispenses the auxiliary tank for cold start, ensuring a fast and safe, even in low ambient temperature, in addition to fuel-efficient performance. With this technology, by activating the key control to unlock the doors, a set of heaters comes into action directly in the fuel line making the temperature, especially of ethanol, ideal for composing an air / fuel mixture ready for immediate combustion. The i-VTEC 1.8 SOHC engine generates maximum power from 140 hp to 6,500 rpm with the use of ethanol – when fueled with gasoline, it’s 139 hp at 6,200 rpm. In addition to the six-speed manual transmission option, the LXS version features the five-speed automatic transmission, which gives the driver a more pleasurable and comfortable ride. In the LXR and EXR versions, the engine is the i-VTEC 2.0 SOHC, which guarantees fuel-efficient performance. This engine develops 155 horsepower at 6,300 rpm when fueled with ethanol and 150 hp with gasoline at the same speed. The automatic transmission is equipped with paddle shift, offering a more sporty driving. The Civic 2016 continues to be equipped with the ECON function, which allows for more economical driving. By activating the push of a button, several vehicle systems change their operation to focus on low fuel consumption, such as Electronic Throttle Control System (ETCS) and air conditioning.

The Civic 2016 line has a three-year warranty, with no mileage limit, and is available in the following colors:

– Blue Denim Metallic
– Black Pearly Crystal
– Barium Metallic Gray
– Iridium Metallic Gray
– Silver Metallic Global
– White Taffetá Solid

The suggested public prices for the model with solid paint are:

– LXS MT R $ 70,900
– LXSAT R $ 73,900
– LXR AT R $ 78,400
– EXR AT R $ 88,400

(R $ 1,200 for metallic / pearled paint)

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