Honda Cars India is a legendary auto firm in Indian markets; the City is one of premium luxury creations. The car was first launched in 1996, and is among the top selling models for the company. Honda now aims to launch a diesel version of the car next year. The main reason is to flow with the current fuel preference demands, which is higher for diesel fueled cars. Petrol prices have increased to undesirable figures recently and the price difference between diesel and petrol has widened.
Honda has recorded admirable profits sales post the launch of Amaze, which is a sedan version of the trendy Brio hatchback. For some interesting information, this is Honda’s first diesel project and has the highest number of buyers compared to other models. One question which will arise here is whether the same can be expected with the 2014 City diesel. The car is likely to have a potent 1.4 liter engine built with advanced Intelligent Common Rail Turbocharged Direct Injection (iCTDi) technology. This engine yields remarkable power outputs of 100bhp. Honda has however not provided information on the engine features of the car because it is still in clinical trial stage.
The car will launch in the country sometime next year, besides City diesel, the company is geared to explore the diesel segment to greater depths with Honda CR V and Honda Civic. Those who are already excited with the launch of the car, it is likely to cost less than Rs 10 lakhs.
The City is known to deliver stunning performance and mileage figures, contributed by its five speed transmission gearbox having paddle shifts that makes driving in jam packed traffic conditions incredibly easy. Similar technology might be incorporated in the diesel variant of City. As mentioned the mileage offered is impressive at 13-17kmpl. The reliability levels with this car will be higher than its petrol cousin since the car is expected to cover massive 100km per hour distances in just ten seconds.
The 2014 City diesel will emerge in a grand style package with an artistically designed front grill. A few design cues used in this car is adopted form the Civic. The structure of tail lamps is similar to that found in BMW 3 series, the insides are filled with luxury as well with a plush two shade interior theme and high quality beige upholstery and instrument panel.
The reliability factors are pretty high in safety segment as well fitted with windshield support, energy absorbing front fenders, headrests, SRS air bags, electronic brake force distribution (EBD), and antilock brake system (ABS).
For its outstanding luxury, comfort and features the car is priced at Rs 11 lakhs. This might be a game changer for the company, since the diesel formula has worked remarkably with Honda. The main exciting element with the car is consumers can experience a diesel atmosphere in the car. The same luxury is transported into a superior formula of greater pick up, mileage and engine capacity.