We reported in detail when Honda Cars India unveiled the all new fourth gen Honda City in India. The new gen City, which will go on sale in both petrol and diesel variants, will be launched in India on January 7 and is likely to be priced only a little higher than the outgoing model. Booking for the car has been underway since some time and today, we have got to know of some more details on the booking activity going on in Honda Cars India dealerships.
It has emerged that the dealerships have completely sold off all the leftover stock of the current gen Honda City. Also, these dealers have informed ACI that they are taking “priority bookings” for the new City for sum of INR 51,000. This amount is fully refundable in case of cancellation of booking after the car is launched. However, dealers feel that there would be minimal cancellations as “People are booking the car on the blind faith they have in Honda. We are anticipating a deluge of orders once the car is launched.”
Dealers have also stated that there is an equal interest for petrol and diesel models and they feel that the new Honda City diesel and petrol variants would command a waiting period of as much as two months right from the onset of car’s Indian innings. In all probability, the entry level variants will make for the major chunk of sales.
The new Honda City diesel variant is powered by a 1.5 litre iDTEC diesel engine that benefits from carmaker’s Earthdreams technology. This is the same engine that powers the Amaze and has a max power-torque figure of 100PS-200Nm. For the new City though, it would come mated with a six speed manual gearbox (versus five speed manual on Amaze). The engine has an ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 26 kmpl, which makes it India’s most frugal car.
The petrol variant of the new City will be powered by the same 1.5 litre iVTEC 4-pot motor that powers the current model. For the new car though, the engine will gets 4 PS and 1 Nm of additional power and torque.
Stay tuned to Motoroids for more updates on the 2014 Honda City diesel and petrol India launch and details