We have been reporting in detail about the upcoming 2014 Honda City. As we said earlier, the new City could be officially unveiled on November 25 and prices are expected to be announced at the fast approaching 2014 Indian Auto Expo that will be held in February next year.
The City, which was the first car from the Indian subsidiary of Honda Cars, has certainly played an instrumental role in enabling its manufacturer to establish a strong foothold in the country. Until recently, the City used to be the most successful model in the car maker’s product portfolio and has been the obvious choice of a majority of upper C segment sedan buyers.
However, thanks to Indian car market’s fast growing affinity for cars with diesel engines, sales of Honda City have taken a big hit. Honda Cars India could manage to sell only 31 units of City last month and this is enough indication of the fact that the car has reached the fag end of its career.
Much to do with this is the fact that the City never came with a diesel engine option. While Honda Cars India did come up with a new 1.5 litre iDTEC diesel engine recently, shoe-horning it into the City, which is several years old now, would have translated into a feasibility study gone really wrong. However, all this would change with the advent of the next gen 2014 Honda City.
The 2014 Honda City will not just come with a diesel engine option but would also be half a shoe size larger than the current model. As is pretty obvious, the car would be based on the new gen Jazz and this means that it is also likely to have a longer features list. The diesel motor that would power the new City is the same oil burner that powers the Amaze. However, we expect that the motor would get a Variable Geometry Turbocharger and hence, would have at least 118PS of max power. Also, it is likely to have around 225Nm of peak torque.
Aesthetically, the car would carry many design cues that are seen on the latest gen Jazz. Also, the car could take some design inspiration from the new Crider sedan.
Going by all that we know about the upcoming 2014 Honda City, we won’t be too surprised to see it becoming a game changer of sorts when it is launched early next year.
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