Honda is said to be developing a 1 liter-3 cylinder petrol engine that will be used in the sub-Brio small car, which the Japanese automaker is engineering for the Indian market. The 1 liter petrol engine will be available in naturally aspirated and turbocharged guises, also making it a potential replacement for the 1.2 liter-4 cylinder i-VTEC petrol motor on bigger Honda cars such as the Brio, the Amaze and the Jazz.
The announcement of a Honda 1 liter turbo petrol engine isn’t new. The Japanese automaker had announced plans of introducing turbo petrol engines in 1 liter, 1.5 liter and 2 liter capacities, on its global car models as far back as the end of last year. However, the introduction of the 1 liter petrol engine for the made-for-India small car is a new development, and this motor is highly likely to be a derivative of the 1 liter turbo petrol engine.
A 3 cylinder layout comes with the advantage of increased fuel efficiency. Adding a turbocharger to a small capacity, 3 cylinder engine will deliver the twin benefits of high fuel efficiency and peppy performance, two areas that Honda is focusing on for its future line up of cars. Replacing the 1.2 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine of the Brio, Amaze and Jazz, with the 1 liter-turbo petrol motor will give these compact cars better performance and fuel economy.
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The sub-Brio small car that Honda is mulling for India will have heavy research and development inputs from the Japanese automaker’s Indian set up. Therefore, a heavy local flavour and a high amount of localization is highly likely for the new mass market product from the Big H. The car will be built in India and is likely to roll out from the third manufacturing facility, which Honda is planning to set up at Sanand, Gujarat.