These are the very first pictures of the Brio sedan, a teaser of which was found on Honda's Thailand site. Slated for an April 2013 launch, the Brio sedan will be Honda's sub 4-metre price warrior and will take on the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Tata Indigo eCS, Mahindra upcoming Verito compact and a small Volkswagen sedan as well.
From the picture, it becomes rather clear that Honda have done a pretty remarkable job with the design. The large tail lamps and the overall design of the boot keeps it in line with the current Honda City. While the boot won't be very large, expect it to be in the region of 300-350 litres.
The company is also up and ready with a diesel engine for India and the first car to receive it will be this saloon version of the Brio. Importantly, it will also be the first recipient of a diesel engine, a motor that is likely to be a common factor among all Honda cars below Rs 10 lakh sold in India.
This is a new motor that derives its genes from the 1.6-litre diesel engine that went on sale earlier this year in Europe in the Civic. Speculated to be a 1.5-litre engine, this engine is being developed for the Indian market and will be exported from here to other markets as well. Major engine components for this engine will be made right here in India, thus increasing the localisation content. Little is known about the power and torque figures, but expect this motor to be offered in different states of tune for cars like the Brio, Brio sedan, and the next-generation City and Jazz. Power figures could range in the region of 70 bhp to 110 bhp with torque in the region of 17 to 22 kgm. What is key here is that it is a four-cylinder motor and could feature Honda's i-DTec technology. Likely to be offered with a manual transmission for the moment, this motor will become the mainstay of Honda's diesel offerings in India.
Honda will launch the Brio sedan in April next year and it will also be offered with the 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine as well.