It is no secret that Honda will officially unveil the Brio sedan soon, as the company has already started teasing it in Thailand. Lots of spy pictures of the vehicle are already floating on the internet but details remain sketchy. Our good friends at Team-BHP have uncovered the name of the Brio sedan along with revealing the mileage details of the diesel engine. The Brio sedan will be called Honda Amaze and is expected to literally amaze prospective buyers with its high fuel efficiency, space and aggressive pricing.
The Honda Amaze will be the first diesel-powered Honda vehicle in India. The vehicle is expected to deliver an ARAI certified mileage of no less than 24 km/l, thanks to its light-weight aluminum diesel engine. The Amaze (which is codenamed 2TP) is all set for launch in India around March 2013. Apart from the 1.5-litre diesel engine which will churn out around 80 BHP, the Amaze will also be offered with a 1.2-litre petrol engine. This is the same engine which does duty on the Brio hatchback and Jazz, producing 88 BHP and 109 Nm.
So how does Honda manage to squeeze such high mileage from a sedan? The Honda Amaze doesn’t weigh much, it is only 26 kgs heavier than the Brio hatchback. The diesel engine is designed by Honda’s ex-F1 engineers and is expected to be a gem in terms of refinement, mileage and driveability. With Honda getting excise benefits for the sub 4-meter Amaze, expect pricing to be very aggressive. We speculate the Honda Amaze price range (on-road, Mumbai) would be between Rs. 6 lakhs (base petrol) to Rs. 9 lakhs (top-end diesel).
Update – Honda has confirmed the name of the Brio sedan will be Amaze. The Japanese automaker will unveil the Honda Amaze in the Thailand on the 23rd of November, 2012.
“Every aspect of the new entry sedan seeks to amaze the customer by offering divergent and desirable values to expand customer delight beyond expectations. The contemporary style of “Amaze” will entice customers with its amazingly spacious interior yet compact exteriors, which was designed while further advancing the Honda M/M (man maximum, machine minimum) concept,” Honda said in a statement.
Source – Team-BHP