Honda City diesel to set new benchmarks in mid-size sedan segment

Honda Cars India Limited, a subsidiary of the Japanese multinational car maker, has tasted immense success with its City mid-size sedan in the domestic passenger car market. Following the launch of its Amaze model, the company has revealed intentions to bring new Honda City diesel in the country as well. The Japanese auto maker offers its City sedan range in only petrol powered variants, due to which the once segment leader is now struggling to hold on its ground in the Indian auto market. The company is expected to keep the Honda City diesel price competitive, in order to challenge its stiff rivals in the country.

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At present, the City mid-size sedan competes against the likes of Hyundai Verna Fluidic, Maruti Suzuki SX4, Volkswagen Vento, Ford Fiesta, Skoda Rapid, Renault Scala and Nissan Sunny in the domestic passenger car market. The Verna Fluidic and Vento are the top selling models, because of availability their in both petrol and diesel powered options. Therefore, the prospects of Honda City Diesel look nothing but great for the Japanese auto maker. Despite being available in only petrol variants, Honda City remains a favourite among domestic car buyers looking to invest in a mid-size sedan.

Speaking of under-the-hood specifications of upcoming Honda City diesel, the model could get the company’s critically acclaimed i-DTEC oil burner. The Honda i-DTEC Earth Dreams Technology laden engine made its debut with the Amaze sedan in a 1.5 litre size. Therefore, the company could be looking at retuned version of the 1.5 litre i-DTEC power-mill for use in the City diesel model. It must be noted that power in the diesel powered models could be lesser than the petrol, but the vehicle would still boast of excellent driveability and performance. In case of Amaze, the i-DTEC oil burner is rated with a maximum power of 98.7 bhp, along with an impressive fuel efficiency figure of 25.8 kmpl. Therefore, the i-DTEC motor powering City diesel would generate greater power than the one generated by its Amaze sibling.

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At present, Indian market is going through a paradigm shifting phase with more and more passenger car buyers opting for diesel powered models as against their petrol options. Therefore, Honda Cars India’s plans of a new City diesel model certainly look bright and promising so as to consolidate a more commanding share in the market. Experts believe that the Honda City diesel price will play a major role in deciding its fate in the country. The Vento and Verna models are strong rivals in the mid-size sedan segment, but diesel City is expected to have the upper hand over them in terms of overall value-for-money quotient.

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