Report – Next gen Honda Brio to get 1.2L 3-cyl diesel engine; Expected in 2017

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The new engine could see record fuel efficiency.

A report on Autocar India states that Honda is working on a 1.2-liter three-cylinder diesel engine, that will find its place in the next generation of the Honda Brio which launches sometime in 2017.

Honda Brio front at the CAMPI 2014
The next generation Brio can be expected in 2017.

The 1.2-liter diesel engine will not be a new engine, rather it will be a downsized version of the current four-cylinder 1.5-liter Earth Dreams unit which powers the City, Amaze and Mobilio. In essence it would be the 1.5-liter with one cylinder less. This would not only keep costs in check, but could also help to achieve a high fuel efficiency figure, says the report.

While cars based on the Brio like the Mobilio and Amaze get a diesel engine, the Brio is available solely with the 1.2-liter petrol motor. Going forth, the petrol-only Brio may be unable to get Honda the necessary volumes as competitors like the Maruti Celerio and Hyundai Grand i10 will soon get a diesel engine, or already have a diesel variant (in case of the Grand and Beat).

Honda Brio Modulo interior at the CAMPI 2014
A new interior and a conventional bootlid would be seen on the hatchback, apart from the new engine.

Also see: Rendering – Honda Brio-based compact SUV

The next gen Brio is likely to see a plusher interior with more features and a conventional tailgate as well.

Competitors: Hyundai Grand i10, Maruti Celerio, Tata Kite (codename), Chevrolet Beat
Expected Price: INR 4-6 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: 2017

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[Source – Autocar India]

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