All it required was simple gut feel and spotting of a few confirmed Brio diesel test mules for the speculation to go frenzy about its entry in the Indian market.
However, after a brief period of continuous spyshot spree, Brio diesel test mules are nowhere to be spotted now. Rumours did predict that Honda has shelved the idea of launching the Brio diesel and the confirmation now comes right from the mouth of Hironori Kanayama, CEO of Honda Cars India.
In an interview to Economic Times, Hironori clears that the company doesn’t have any plans to go further down the spectrum which means that there is no smaller-than-Brio car planned from their stables. But the biggest announcement is that there is no Brio diesel in pipeline as he said,
We have no plans to make Brio Diesel too
This goes in tandem with the earlier reports of Honda putting the Brio diesel plans in the backburner. The reasons attributed to this development is that the current 4-cylinder 1.5L diesel engine when remodelled to a 3 cylinder configuration resulting in a displacement of around 1.2L, was creating NVH levels unacceptable to Honda. And hence the company decided to completely abandon the idea at least for the time being.
This means that Brio will continue to be Honda India’s smallest offering in India and they want to concentrate mainly on the 5-15 Lakh price bracket. Frankly speaking with the kind of products Honda has in pipeline, they really do not need to consider Brio diesel for now. They are packed for the year or two.