Honda Cars India, the fully owned subsidiary of the Japanese automajor Honda unveiled the much anticipated new generation Honda City in India earlier this month. The new generation Honda City gets an all new design (inside and out) and a diesel powertrain this time. Though the earlier generation City wasn’t available in diesel, it was the top-selling petrol saloon of its segment.
Now what makes it an even more adorable product is its availability in diesel heart and its capability to return 26kmpl, which makes it the most fuel efficient car in India. Earlier, Honda Amaze compact sedan with 25.8kmpl was the highest mileage producing car in the country.
Scheduled to be launched sometime in January 2014, the new Honda City will have an all new design both inside and out. Based on the Honda’s new Exciting H Design Concept, the new 2014 City carries three design factors- “High Tech”, “High Tension” and “High Touch”, which can be translated into ‘an innovative spirit/creative soul’, ‘beautiful body design’ and ‘finely polished surface and texture’ respectively. The 2014 Honda City gets a sleek crossmotion exterior, clear-cut side panel, layered floating cockpit interior and dynamic rear fender.
The new Honda City has also gone bigger in dimensions with 60mm more leg space, 79mm more knee room and 40mm more shoulder room, thus sticking on to Honda’s ‘Man Maximum, Machine Minimum’ theory.
The new Honda City will be made available in two engines- 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel. While the petrol unit has been carried forward from the old generation model, the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel unit is the same found under the Honda Amaze, capable of churning out a maximum power output of 100PS (98.6bhp) and 200Nm of peak torque. The petrol version will also be made available in CVT automatic transmission gearbox and will be able to deliver an impressive 17.9kmpl, while with the manual petrol variant will return 17.8kmpl.
Honda Cars India hasn’t yet disclosed the pricing of the car, but we are expecting it to be made available at a starting price of Rs 8 lakh, with top-end variant going upto Rs 12-12.5 lakh.