Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL) recently unveiled the new Honda City 2014. This car has been one of the most anticipated cars of the year and finally, Honda brought it out for everyone. The one reason for which it was so highly anticipated was the new model but the biggest point which kept everyone desperately waiting was the Diesel Engine Variant of the Honda City! Yes, Honda has finally launched a diesel variant of its successful sedan, the City!
The new Honda City diesel definitely looks more modern. Although, there are similarities between the new model and the previous one. This is the fourth generation of the Honda City. It was first launched in India in 1996 and since then it has evolved thrice. The new Honda City is pretty stylish. The front end has a new wider chrome plated grille with a Honda Badge in the middle. This adds to the aggressive nature of the car. The new bumper with the air vents looks pretty exciting as well and it also has incorporated fog lamps. Although, this is a new car but since it has evolved from its predecessor, it has got similarities. From a wider angle it looks very similar to the third generation Honda City. Anyway, let us put that aside. The new Honda City has got new alloy wheels which looks pretty cool. The rear end of the car has got new tail lamp. It is designed such that half of its portion is on the boot lid. Overall, the car feels nice and looks stunning.
The new Honda City diesel will have a 1.5 L i-DTEC diesel engine under its bonnet. It is the same unit which has been installed in the Honda Amaze (the first diesel car from Honda in India). The engine churns out a max power of 98 bhp at 3600 rpm and generates 200 Nm of peak torque at 1750 rpm. The engine is mated to a manual transmission. The petrol variant of the new Honda City is available in both manual as well as automatic transmission. We hope the diesel variant will too get an option of an automatic transmission.
The interiors of the new Honda City is very pleasing. There has been use of glossy material on the dash board which is a new thing. Moreover, the climate control system does not have buttons rather it is fully touch. Also, the instrument cluster is nicely designed and illuminated to allow clear readability of the figures. There are rings on the circumference of the dials which changes colour according to the way you drive the car. The rear air con vents and armrest are some more features in the list.
There has been no details from the company regarding the pricing of the new Honda City. But it is being anticipated that the diesel variant of the car will be price in the range of Rs 7-11 lacs. The new Honda City will be competing against Skoda Rapid, Volkswagen Vento, Ford Fiesta and the top most rival Hyundai Verna.