Honda City is certainly one of the most popular cars in the Indian market for a quite long time. This midsize sedan competes with tough rivals like Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna. The sedan currently is offered with a petrol-CVT combination in India, but adding a diesel-CVT combination could play a key role for the car to become even more appealing. However, that is only expected to take place in the next generation model which is likely to launch in 2020.
Honda has showcased the new Amaze compact sedan at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo with a diesel-CVT combination. This move certainly promoted the idea of a diesel-CVT combination for the Honda City as well. But, the Japanese automaker doesn’t feel that the time and investment needed for the diesel-CVT combination in City will not be justified by the sales volume of the sedan.
The tried and tested 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine has proved itself as a fuel-efficient and well-performing motor. The CVT comes ensuring driving comfort for the drivers in the congested traffic situations and it also delivers impressive fuel efficiency. No wonder, the combination of the diesel engine with a CVT will make the Honda City sedan much more attractive and upmarket. Also, it will enhance the rivalry against competitors like Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid.
Honda has already upgraded its popular 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine to the upcoming BS-VI emission norms which is all set to be implemented across India from April 2020. The company is currently testing the upgraded engine and it is expected to debut in the next generation Honda City at the end of this decade.