Honda is developing a 1.2L, 3-pot diesel motor which will be doing duties to the next generation Brio, which is tentatively slated for a 2017 launch, states a report on AutoCar India. This new engine will not be an entirely new motor, but a downsized version of the company's existing 1.5L iDTEC engine which is offered with Honda's every diesel vehicle such as Mobilio, City and Amaze.
The company is advancing with this step as it would not only be cost effective but would also help in achieving a record fuel efficiency. Basically, it would be nothing new but the 1.5-liter with one cylinder less. Honda has wheeled out multiple cars based on the versatile Brio platform in form of Mobilio & Amaze with diesel powertrains but Brio has been deprived of the diesel engine. And, as we know that Brio's both arch rivals Chevrolet Beat and Hyundai Grand i10 already come in diesel avatar; hence, it is rather difficult for the Brio to generate similar sales numbers with only petrol variants. Even, the recently launched Maruti Celerio is getting a diesel engine soon for increased sales numbers.
The AutoCar report further states that apart from the new diesel engine, the next generation Brio would get an all new interior scheme, much premium and up-market than the ongoing one. Also, the bootlid would be more traditional and conventional on the next generation Brio hatchback which would hit the Indian shores in and around 2017. The hatch is expected to carry a sticker price in range of Rs. 4-6 lakhs (Ex. Showroom). By the time, it arrives in India; it would have a fierce competition in the country from the likes of Tata Kite (codenamed new car), Hyundai Grand i10, Chevrolet Beat and Maruti Suzuki Celerio.