Recently, we posted pics of a Honda Brio sedan test mule being tested on a Thai expressway. Just a few days later, today, we have stumbled up on an entire batch of images of the upcoming Honda entry level sedan. The Honda Brio sedan will go on sale in Thai car market next month and yet again, the car has been spotted testing in the south Asian country.
Honda Brio sedan has a wheelbase of 2407 mm which is a full 62 mm longer than hatchback. At 3990 mm, the car is full 380 mm longer than the hatchback. Other dimensions are similar to the hatchback and the Honda Brio sedan measures 1680 mm and 1500 mm in width and height respectively.
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: MotorTrivia