Riding on the success of the Amaze, Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL) is now all set to bring in the new generation City to India in a diesel avatar. Though the new City is scheduled to be launched in January 2014, the car has now made its global debut in India.
Honda City is attached with the strings of million Indian hearts and is dominating the market since its launch. Over the past few years, the Indian automotive market has gone through several upheavals like fuel price hike, increasing demand of diesel cars etc.
Despite all these odd situations, Honda City has maintained its market value and credibility. With an aim to move ahead, the company has decided to launch the new Honda City in diesel engine option, refined with various cosmetic and technical modifications.
The new 2014 Honda City will be available in two engine options – the popular 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol unit and new 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. It shares the diesel unit with the Honda Amaze, but might get Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT) for more power and efficiency. After this power booster, this engine is expected to produce a maximum power output of 120bhp and 225Nm of peak torque.
Based on the Honda’s all new Exciting H Design concept, the new 2014 Honda City will be carrying the three design factors, the “High Tech”, “High Tension” and “High Touch”, which can be translate into ‘an innovative spirit/creative soul’, ‘beautiful body design’ and ‘finely polished surface and texture respectively.
The new Honda City receives a sleek crossmotion exterior, layered floating cockpit interior, clear-cut side panel and dynamic rear fender. The new City has also got 60mm more leg space, 79mm more knee room, and 40mm more shoulder room, thus offering more space and comfort to passengers.
The company hasn’t yet announced the pricing of the vehicle, but we are expecting it to be launched at a starting price of Rs 8 lakh, while the top-end variant will cost around Rs 12 lakh.