Honda to launch Brio in Indonesia with 1.3-litre engine and AT gearbox
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- 03:08 pm, July 23, 2012
Honda India might consider bringing in an automatic version once the Brio diesel is launched.
Introduced here in 2011, the Brio was Honda’s first small car for India. Even though its radical looks have come under some criticism from conservatives, the car has been received well by many, thanks to its compact design, space-efficient interiors and the legendary Honda reliability.
Apart from the Indian market, the Brio is also sold in Thailand; another market where the car is doing well. Honda now aims to add another country to the list. The company is said to launch the Brio in Indonesia soon.
The Indonesian-spec Brio will be mechanically different from the Indian model. The engine powering the car will not be the usual 1.2-litre i-Vtec mill that does duty in the Indian-spec Brio. Instead the Indonesian model will get a bigger 1.3-litre engine, producing slightly more power and torque than the 1.2-litre unit. Also, the bigger engine will come mated to an automatic gearbox, unlike the Brio sold here which only gets a 5-speed manual as an option. Honda might consider offering an automatic version to customers here in India once the much-awaited diesel-powered Brio hits the market.
First Published on 03:08 pm, July 23, 2012
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