Not this time. Its no rumor, that the Japanese carmaker is bringing its much anticipated Honda Brio diesel next year. There were rumors of the coming of a Brio diesel in 2012 and now Honda dismisses the rumor and postpones the launch of Honda Brio diesel in 2013. The Tokyo Motor Show saw the unveiling of Honda’s 1.6L diesel engine. This CRDI engine displacing 1.6L, produced a peak power of 120bhp and a torque of 300Nm.
This technology was developed by F-1 engineers who were to design a Honda diesel. This step was taken after the fall in market with rising petrol prices and production loss due to flood affected Thailand unit. The three cylinder 1.2L diesel engine will power the Jazz hatchback. Currently the 1.2L i-VTEC petrol engine powers the two hatchbacks of Honda present in Indian market.
The 3-cylinder iDTEC, which will now power the two hatchbacks is the knocked down version of the 4-cylinder 1.6L iDTEC from the Tokyo Motor Show. This is hoped to take the market demanding a Honda diesel in a while now. Honda failed to showcase its new diesel hatchbacks in the 2012 Auto Show because major of the time was spent in bringing back on track the production losses of Honda cars caused by flood in Thailand.