One of the leading car manufacturer, Honda Cars India Limited, is all set to launch its much-awaited entry-level sedan, Honda Brio Amaze on April 11, 2013. The Japanese car maker will be pitching its new contender against the most popular entry-level sedan in the country, Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire. Speculations are already abuzz that Brio Amaze is bound to dethrone the Swift DZire in the Indian market. The company is believed to have lined up an automatic trim of its Amaze as well.
Sharing the platform with the Brio Hatchback, the Amaze Automatic will also be offered with two engine options viz. petrol and diesel. India will become the second market after Thailand to receive the automatic variant of this entry-level sedan. It is expected that the Brio Amaze Automatic will be sharing the petrol powertrain and transmission units with the hatchback variant owing to the same platform. Honda is expected to launch this model in two variants equipped with a 1.2 litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5 litre i-DTEC diesel units. The petrol variant is designed to deliver a maximum power output of 88.8 bhp and torque of 110 Nm. On the other hand, the diesel unit is capable of churning out maximum power of 98 bhp and 200 Nm of torque.
Competing against the Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, the Honda Brio Amaze automatic has several feathers in its hat. The foremost point is the power configuration, where the former loses by a wide margin, being clocked at 85.26 bhp for petrol and 73.5 bhp for diesel variant. Also, the automatic variant of the Brio Amaze will be equipped with a 5-speed transmission unit, whereas, the Swift DZire comes with a 4-speed unit. However, Swift DZire manages to strike a chord with the price-conscious consumer of the Indian automotive industry with a steep price tag of around Rs. 6.7 lakh.
With Honda Brio Amaze, the Japanese car maker is launching its first diesel model in India that will help in boosting its sales volume. This launch from the car maker will ensure that it gains a large chunk of market share in the automotive industry, given the specifications and low price tag.