The 2013 Honda Brio Amaze diesel compact sedan promises to be the most fuel efficient car in India, besting the likes of the Tata Nano Petrol, the Tata Indigo eCS Diesel and the Chevrolet Beat Diesel. TheEconomicTimes reports that the diesel engined 2013 Brio Amaze compact sedan could deliver an astounding mileage 26 Kmpl. This figure, if ARAI certified, will make the Brio Amaze diesel compact sedan the most fuel efficient car to be sold in India, a no mean feat considering the fact that it features the biggest turbo diesel engine in its class, in the form of the 1.5 Liter i-DTEC motor.
The 1.5 Liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine is not just the biggest engine in its class, but is also the most powerful, what with a 100 PS-200 Nm power and torque rating. A downsized unit of the 1.6 Liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine, the 1.5 Liter motor features all aluminium construction, another class leading attribute. The all-aluminium construction of the 1.5 Liter i-DTEC motor is said to ensure a light weight and better heat transfer. Also, the engine features light and low friction internals, both features aimed at maximizing fuel efficiency and the effects of these features could culminate in the 26 Kmpl fuel efficiency figure.
Considering the class leading specifications of the 1.5 Liter i-DTEC diesel engine , Honda seems to be targeting a big splash with its first turbo diesel engined car for the Indian car market in the form of the Brio Amaze compact sedan. The diesel engine will be built in India with local content to keep costs low. In the coming years, the next generation versions of the City sedan and the Jazz hatchback are also expected to use this very 1.5 Liter i-DTEC diesel engine. So, in less than 2 years from now, expect no less than three diesel powered cars to feature in Honda’s car portfolio for the Indian car market, a paradigm shift for a car maker who has thus far subsisted in India only on petrol power.
The Brio Amaze compact sedan will also be available with a 1.2 Liter i-VTEC petrol engine. Come the 11th of April 2013, the Brio Amaze will the third compact sedan to be launched in India, and will join the likes of the Tata Indigo eCS and the Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire. Armed with diesel power on the Brio Amaze, Honda is expected to take the fight to India’s best selling sedan, the Maruti Dzire. If the Brio Amaze manages to even sell a third as much as Dzire, Honda could simply double its volumes in the Indian car market. Now, that’s how important the Brio Amaze is for Honda’s fortunes in India.