BANGKOK – Ever since 2011s natural disasters, which struck Japan and Thailand on two different occasions leading to overnight disruption of Honda’s well-being in the international market, the automaker has keep everything very low key and quiet. But the long silence only hints at a bigger comeback. And the first of chapter in Honda’s comeback will begin next month as the Japanese automaker is planning to unveil for the first time the all-new Brio-based sedan in Thailand.
Honda Thailand has also gone ahead and teased the upcoming sedan on their official website. The snap shows five Honda cars that are currently being sold in the country, plus a silhouette of an upcoming model – that has 1.2-litre engraved on it. The 1.2-litre is a dead give away that the said car will be powered by the same petrol i-VTEC engine that currently powers the Brio hatch.
There is no doubt that this particular Brio sedan petrol model will arrive in the Indian market sooner or later. However, the said model holds an even important position from the Indian perspective, because it is with this model that Honda Cars India Ltd will debut its range of diesel engines in India – a move that was officially confirmed not too long ago.
We expect to see a downsized version of the 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine from Honda’s ‘Earth Dreams’ technology series (that was showcased for the first time at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show & was presented with the 2013 Euro-spec Honda Civic at the Paris Motor Show last month) to power the Brio sedan. It is said that Honda is already working on a 1.2-litre diesel powerplant. If this is confirmed, then the new Brio sedan will come under the Excise duty cut bracket.
Moreover, we also hear that the Brio sedan will measure under 4 meters in length, following the footsteps of the Toyota Etios, Volkswagen Polo, Skoda Rapid, etc to join the ‘Boot-on-the-Hatch’ party and in the process enjoy additional the excise tax cut benefits.
After the global premiere of the Brio sedan in the Thai market, Honda could launch the model there by the end of 2012 or early 2013