It is no secret that Honda is close to unveiling the all new Honda Brio Sedan. The new sedan will be positioned in the highly competitive entry level sedan segment and will battle it out against the very popular Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire and Tata Indigo in Indian car market.
Recently, we posted the Honda Brio sedan teaser pic which was published by Honda on its Thai website. Now, first batch of Honda Brio sedan spy pics have surfaced on the cyber space. The car was recently spotted testing in Thailand, albeit, under loads of camouflage.
The Brio sedan will be powered by the 1.2 liter VTEC petrol motor. However, every man with a head on his shoulders knows by now that petrol offerings don’t quite set the cash counters ringing for car companies in India any more. So the big question is – what Honda is going to do about the diesel offering for the brio sedan.
The problem is that the excise duty relief is offered only to cars which are shorter than 4 meters and have a petrol engine upto 1.2 liters or a diesel engine upto 1.4 liters. The newly announced 1.6 liter engine wouldn’t let Honda avail the duty cut, without which the Brio sedan would be dead as as a Dodo on arrival with VFM products like Maruti Dzire and Mahindra Verito gnarling around. Powering a small sedan with such a big engine would also have its bearings on cost. That hints at the possibility of a 3cylinder variant of the bigger 1.6 liter unit.
It is being said that the sharp minds at Honda are currently perfecting a 3-cylinder 1.2 liter turbo diesel engine with about 80PS of power and 200Nm of torque for the Brio Sedan. If not, we really wonder what they’re upto, for there certainly isn’t anything more important they should be doing.
Spy pic Source: Pantip.com