Prompted by the overwhelming response received by its diesel-engine equipped cars like Amaze and City, the Japanese auto major Honda is now reportedly getting ready to introduce its next generation Brio in the country with a new 1.2 litre three-cylinder diesel engine.
The new 1.2 litre three-cylinder diesel engine, which is said to be the stripped down version of existing 1.5-litre diesel motor that does duty in Honda's much popular Amaze, City and Mobilio.
Brio, a stylish hatchback from the Japanese maker has not been able to make it to the hit list of Honda and one of the reasons has been attributed to the lack of diesel engine-powered model of the car. Now Honda is developing a new diesel engine to power its new generation Brio, reports AutoCar India.
The next generation Honda Brio is expected to reach the market in 2017 and going by the report, the car is also likely to receive an upmarket interior along with the change in its glass hatch, which was not so convincing for many auto lovers. Under the hood, the car is expected to pack both 1.2l petrol and 1.2l diesel engine and the new diesel engine of the car is likely to promise better fuel efficiency.
Honda is also working on a new crossover for India that will be launched in 2016. The SUV, which is expected to get power from 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol and i-DTEC diesel engines, will challenge Maruti XA Alpha and Volkswagen Taigun.
Honda's premium hatchback Jazz is also expected to make it to the market by March 2015. The India-bound version of the Jazz is likely to be offered in both petrol and diesel-engine variants. The petrol version of Jaaz is expected pack the same 1.2-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that powers Amaze and Brio, which can generate a power of 87bhp, with a torque of 110Nm at 4,800rpm. The diesel Jazz is likely to pack a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel motor, which can pump 100PS of power and 200Nm torque.