Wait for the much anticipated Honda City diesel is finally coming to an end soon. The Japanese auto major is planning the global unveiling of the next generation Honda city in India on 25th November. The launch however will happen after the 2014 Indian Auto Expo.
With the launch of this new model, the brand Honda City will enter its sixth generation globally, while in India it will be the fourth generation model. Based on the new 2014 Honda Jazz/Fit platform, the City is expected to get an all new design both inside and out, making it look larger and sportier than before. What makes it an even more desirable product now is its availability in diesel engine. The diesel engine will be the same 1.5-litre i-DTEC used in the Amaze. However, for Honda City, the engine will be tuned differently considering the City's more premium image in the market.
The petrol engined Honda City will retain the existing 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol mill, capable of churning out a maximum power output of 116.4bhp at 6600 RPM and 146Nm of peak torque at 4800 RPM. Honda's first diesel car Amaze has been already doing great for the company in the entry level sedan segment, now the diesel version of the City will aim to lure C segment buyers. But the challenge that the Honda Cars India might face is the production constrain.
Even after the company's proposed facility at Takapura, Rajasthan comes into operation; on-time delivery of both the cars will be an area on which the company will have to work really hard. The Amaze already has a waiting period of 2-3 months, and after the launch of City diesel, the overall demand will touch new heights.
After the Honda City diesel, the company is also planning to launch the next generation Jazz and a Brio based MPV Mobilio, which too will be made available in diesel engines.
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