Honda Brio Automatic to be launched before Diwali 2012

If you’re in the market for a small car and an automatic one at that, you’d better hold your horses. In the latest buzz emerging on the motown grapevine, we have NDTV Car&Bike show host Siddharth Patankar tweeting about the Brio Automatic all set to be launched before Diwali. The Brio has been Honda India’s best selling car for the past few months and the Japanese automaker it seems wants to ride on the wave by launching the automatic version of this small car, which is already on sale in South East Asian markets like Thailand and Indonesia.

2012 Honda Brio Small Car

2012 Honda Brio Small Car

The Honda Brio will retain the 1.2 Liter i-VTEC petrol engine that puts out about 90 Bhp of peak power and 110 Nm of peak torque. This revvy engine will now be mated to a CVT automatic transmission instead of the five speed manual gearbox that it currently comes with. The Brio is already a hoot to drive around town, what with its perky and powerful engine, diminutive dimensions and excellent visibility all around. These are some of the reasons why the fairer sex amongst the Indian car buying populace have begun preferring the Brio to other small cars.

The advent of the automatic transmission variant of the Brio is only expected to boost this image of the car, with more and more women preferring the car. The other automatic entry level cars in India are the Maruti A-Star, the Hyundai i10 and i20 respectively. That said, one crucial difference between these cars and the Brio automatic is that the latter comes with a CVT transmission, which unlike other automatic cars, does not use a conventional torque converter. This means power delivery more seamless, unlike the slight jerky nature of conventional automatic gearboxes.

Honda Brio Hatchback

2012 Honda Brio AT Automatic Small Car

Amongst these cars, the least priced and the most efficient one is the Maruti A-Star. Expect the Brio Automatic to be priced in between the automatic variants of the Hyundai i10 and the i20. Expect to pay a premium of about INR  over the top end V-variant of the Brio for the automatic variant, which is expected to be offered on the top end model. So, a price of about 6 lakhs for the Brio AT is to be anticipated. Expect the Brio AT to be fully loaded in terms of creature comforts and safety features like ABS, EBD and twin airbags.

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