All car manufacturers in India are aware of the fact that how high is the demand for diesel cars. To get benefit from the situation, Honda Motors is planning to introduce the diesel variant of its bestselling compact car, Honda Brio to increase its share in the Indian Domestic market. The company is also very keen on regaining market share from rivals Volkswagen and Toyota whose diesel cars account for a large chunk of their sales.
The diesel variant of Brio could feature a 1.2-litre common rail i-DTEC engine. The term i-DTEC refers to “Earth Dreams Technology”. The i-DTEC engine of Honda will be first used in this year in Europe in the new Civic sedan.
It produces the power in the range of 70-80 BHP and torque between 160-180 Nm. Fuel efficiency will be the USP of this engine, which is expected to give close to 24 kmpl on the Brio, making it one of the most fuel efficient cars available in the country. Expect a price of Rs. 80,000/- over the petrol version.
Sources informed that Honda is committed to bringing its diesel technology to key markets like India. And to ensure that Honda diesel is best suited to local conditions and offers optimum performance levels, Honda is conducting stringent tests at its R&D centres across several locations.