And the first model to debut Honda's diesel engine in India will be a new sedan based on the Brio hatchback. Moreover, we can expect this new engine to spin off some break through technologies and also, Honda is claiming that the said engine will be lightest in its category.
Furthermore, the Brio based sedan will be a sub-4 metre model, which tells us that Honda is going to employ the 'boot on a hatch' strategy. Just like Maruti Suzuki did with its Swift to give us the Swift DZire and Tata Motors with their Indica-Indigo duo. Soon thereafter, the Europeans jumped in with the Volkswagen Polo-Vento combo followed with Skoda with its Fabia-Rapid cars. Toyota too, created ripples in the Indian market with its Erios and Etios Liva hatchback models.
Adding a boot to a hatchback has proved to be the new age 'could-never-go-wrong' strategy in the Indian auto industry. So, Honda's plan to join the gang is no surprise.
That said, the Indian market will have a long wait ahead to see the Brio based sedan on Indian roads as the company has hinted towards a launch only in 2014.