Earlier, no one was much interested in the engine configurations of small cars and people only thought of them to be of general use only and not any sporty or aggressive jobs. But, with the passage of time, the market has evolved and the Indian consumer has become more interested in the driving quality of small cars. They no more only take them as beasts of burden rather as toys for grown up men. The Liva, Swift and the Brio are specifically produced to entertain the driving side of the consumers. All these are comparatively more powerful to other cars in the segment with performance statistics comparable to old sedans.
The Liva is available in both Petrol and Diesel options. The Petrol version is powered by an 1197cc, 3NR-FE petrol engine with 4-cylinder and 16 Valve DOHC configurations. Toyota had employed its best engineers to create this low cost and high performance engine for their first small car in India. The engine is very efficient and delivers good performance. It churns out a maximum power of 80PS and maximum torque of 104Nm. The Diesel version of the Liva is powered by a 1.4Litre 1364CC engine whose low RPMs make it well suited for Indian traffic. The diesel is capable of producing a maximum power of 68PS and a maximum torque of 170Nm at 1800 to 2400RPM. Both the versions are mated with a smooth and swift 5-speed gearbox.
The Swift is also available in both diesel and Petrol versions offering good variety to the consumers. The petrol is powered by an 1197cc 1.2Litre K series engine which offers amazing performance. The engine is backed by a 16-Valve DOHC valve train and satisfies BSIV norms, making it more economical and eco-friendly. The Diesel Swift is the more popular version and is powered by 1.3Litre DDiS engine. It is backed by a turbocharger and intercooler combination which gives better torque on low revs and clearer emissions. The diesel is also configured as 16-valve valve train. It gives out a maximum power of 74PS@4000RPM and a maximum torque of 190Nm@2000RPM. The diesel is very fuel efficient and gives an impressive mileage of 22.9KMPL.
The Brio is only available in a Petrol engine version but, rumors in the market suggest that Honda has appointed a group of engineers to develop a small diesel engine for both the jazz and the Brio to keep them competitive in the present scenario of rising petrol prices. Currently, the car is powered by a 1.2Litre, 4-Cylinder 16 Valves SOHC, i-VTEC petrol engine. This engine is able to produce an impressive maximum power of 88.6PS @ 6000RPM and a maximum torque of 109Nm@4500RPM. The engine uses PGM-Fi type fuel supply system and is available in a 5-speed manual or a5-speed automatic transmission system. The ride quality of the Brio is extremely refined and it is also very fuel efficient and quiet.