By Ronan Glon
Monday, Nov 26th, 2012 @ 6:42 am
 

Honda has released a series of low-resolution photos that reveal the 2013 Honda Brio Amaze, a four-door subcompact that is aimed primarily at markets in Asia.

The Brio Amaze is based on the recently-unveiled Brio hatchback and the two cars share most of their sheet metal up until the B-pillar. Beyond that, the Amaze is several inches longer than its hatchback counterpart which enables it to gain significantly more trunk space and a small amount of rear legroom.

On the inside, the Amaze features the same uncluttered dashboard that is found in the regular Brio. Buyers with extra cash in their pocket can order the car with an infotainment system controlled by a small dash-mounted touch-screen, a rare commodity in its market segment.

At its launch, the Brio Amaze will be exclusively offered with a 1.2-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder that makes 90 horsepower and 81 lb-ft. of torque. Customers will be able to opt for a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic unit.

When the car arrives to India it will inaugurate a new 1.5-liter diesel-burning four-cylinder engine. Essentially a downsized variant of the Earth Dreams mill, the 1.5-liter i-DTEC is expected to send 70 horsepower and 147 lb-ft. of torque to the front set of wheels.

The Brio Amaze will hit showrooms in Thailand before the end of this year with a base price of 454,000 Baht, or roughly $14,800. After that, it will gradually be offered in other countries such as India and Indonesia. Honda does not plan on offering the car in Europe or in the United States, but the aforementioned 1.5-liter diesel could very well travel outside of Asia.