Early 2013 should see launch of a new compact sedan from Honda Cars India, which will be called ‘Amaze’. The car will be showcased in Thailand later this month. The new Honda sedan, based on the Brio hatchback, will also be offered in a turbo diesel powered option which will have mileage of approximately 24 kmpl. However, only once officially launched will these estimates be proved.
Brio compact sedan, Amaze, will be the first Honda car to be launched with diesel engine in India. It will also be offered in petrol. The diesel engine in question is a downsized version of 1.6 liter i-DTEC turbo, also seen in the Honda Civic and CR-V in markets abroad. This new diesel engine is expected to have capacity of 1.5 liters and come in a range of tunes best suited to the Amaze sedan, Jazz hatchback and City sedan. This engine is expected to offer 88 bhp peak power and 110 Nm peak torque and a five speed manual gearbox is likely with both petrol and diesel engines.
Where pricing is concerned, Amaze, the Brio based compact sedan will be priced between Brio hatch and City sedan. Pricing is being kept competitive as the company is expecting to generate volumes in India with advantages of being first diesel engined car that Japanese auto manufacturers will be launching in the country. The company is keeping measurements to less than 4 meters so as to compete with Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Tata Indigo eCS and the soon to be launched Mahindra Verito CS.