- Honda’s 1.5L diesel engines powers Amaze, Jazz, WR-V, BR-V and City.
- The 1.6L diesel engine is used in CR-V and Civic.
- Honda’s BS VI complied petrol and diesel models will be available from fourth quarter of 2019.
Honda India will upgrade both the diesel engines-1.5-litre i-DTEC and 1.6-litre i-DTEC unit in its line-up to comply with the upcoming BS VI emission norms. The latest emission norms will come into force from April 1, 2020. While some of the car giants will discontinue their small capacity diesel engines owing to huge cost involved in upgrading the not so popular diesel models, officials at Honda have confirmed that it will be retaining both the diesel engines.
Customers in India weigh options rationally and come to a conclusion only after considering a number of factors such as driving distance and cost of maintenance, etc. A small percentage of consumers still make an emotional choice while deciding on the fuel-type of their vehicle and Honda is willing to cater to such customers, officials at Honda were quoted as saying.
Currently, models such as Honda Jazz, Honda Amaze, Honda WR-V, Honda BR-V and Honda City are powered by the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel unit. These models are manufactured locally at the company’s production unit. In terms of power, it makes 99 bhp at 3,600 rpm against 200 Nm torque at 1,750 rpm and comes paired to a six-speed manual transmission. While Honda’s subcompact sedan, Amaze gets a downsized version of the 1.5-litre i-DTEC unit which comes with a CVT option.
On the other hand, the 1.6-litre diesel engine is offered with models like Honda CR-V and Honda Civic. This unit makes 118 bhp at 4,000 rpm along with 300 Nm torque at 2,000 rpm. A six-speed gearbox is offered with this unit in Civic, whereas CR-V gets a nine-speed automatic transmission. Honda will ostensibly start rolling out BS VI petrol and diesel complied models from October to December this year.