Honda City 2014
Honda Cars India Limited, a subsidiary of Japanese auto maker, is one of the most renowned brand names in the Indian auto market, which has build a reputation of manufacturing formidable vehicles, meeting superior performance levels. Since its inception in India till now, the company has actively expanded its sales network and dealerships across several different parts of the country. Currently, the auto maker has 154 dealerships that span over 98 cities. Clearly these figures have helped Honda to emerge as one of the major car makers in India. Apart from it, Honda operates pre-owned car dealerships wherein customers can trade in their older vehicles for new ones of the company.
The Japan based company, manufacturers and exports passenger cars in India and for this purpose, its has based a manufacturing plant at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh. Besides to it, the company is planning to establish a new facility at Bhiwadi in Rajasthan. The Greater Noida plant has a capacity to produce approximately 1,50,000 units per annum. Talking about Honda’s current line-up of cars, it manufacturers 5 different models namely Brio, Amaze, City, Accord and CR-V in the Indian market.
On talking about Honda’s future plans regarding Indian car market, the company told that it is planning to introduce 4 new models in India during the next few years. Honda also announced that it is working on a Brio based sedan model that will hit the global markets by 2014 while for naming other 3 new additions, the company has maintained silence. According to sources, the company might be planning to introduce a new version of Honda City, which has been one of the most prolific cars for the company till now. As reported by sources, the upcoming model of the car shall bear distinctive changes as compared to the existing model. If rumours are to be believed, the upcoming plant of Honda in Rajasthan shall be used by the company to manufacture the famous sedan and the car could soon make headway into Indian market by first half of 2014.
As claimed by sources, the company’s production capacity has been restricted and once the new facility opens, Honda will be seen launching several cars that will include new version of Honda City. It is likely that Honda will use the 2014 Auto Expo as a platform for showcasing its famous sedan. Industry experts believe that the City model has been a runaway success for the company in India and Honda too would be rushing in to introduce a newer version of City in order lower the mounting competition. Also, giving fuel to rumours is the fact that Honda has a long history of replacing its models after every five years and the existing model has already touched the mark.
It is said that Honda will introduce a diesel engine in Indian version of City for the first time.
Car enthusiasts are betting that the 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine diesel of Amaze might make its way in the upcoming City. The new Honda City will be derived on the same platform of Honda Jazz and it shall be manufactured in the Rajasthan plant. With City being produced at Rajasthan plant, the auto maker might not shuffle with the production procedure of Amaze and Jazz.
Apart from it, Honda might be sensing the urgent need for to introduce a diesel version of City as the sales of its fabled car has fallen by a huge margin. As revealed by the company in the sales figures of August 2013, the company registered a growth of 63 per cent, which was mainly helped by the sales of Amaze model. As stated in the press release, during the entire month, it sold a paltry 953 units of City model as opposed to the 6242 units of Amaze. So as evident Honda will be concerned about the low sales of City and would be hoping to further increase its market share by launching a diesel version of Honda City.
Going back to the background of Honda City in India, the car has a decade old history in India and it would not be wrong to label it as one the best selling sedan in the country till now. The flagship version of City was provided with a 1.5-litre petrol engine that soon took over the Indian car market by storm and at that point of time Honda registered a new found success in the Indian car market. Thereafter making debut in 1998, the model has undergone several changes whether it be in performance or designing aspect. As present, the existing model of Honda City is available in a petrol version that displaces 1497 cc and has ability to reach peak output of 116 bhp while generating a torque of 146 Nm. The current generation of City sedan is available in both manual and automatic transmission options. The manual variant has 5-speed gearbox while the automatic one comprises 5 speed paddle shifters. The new generation Honda City is available in 6 trim levels namely Corporate, E, S MT/AT, V MT/AT, V(AVN) AND V Sunroof edition. As claimed by the company, the sub-compact sedan gives away a mileage of 16.8 kmpl for the manual transmission variant whereas for the automatic one, it is marginally less giving away 15.6 kmpl.
Engine & Specification of Honda City 2014
While talking about the engine specifications of upcoming Honda City, it is expected to roll out in both diesel and petrol engine options. The petrol version of the upcoming Honda City might get a direct injection 1.5-litre iVTEC petrol engine that would be capable of 118 bhp power and 146 Nm torque as provided in the current generation Honda City. However, it is also said that Honda might adhere to tuning this engine by a fair bit in order to generate more output levels. As far as transmission is concerned, sources claim that the availability of an automatic gearbox in the diesel engine is bleak while for the petrol variant, the same 5-speed manual and 6-speed ones might be provided.
It is being said that Honda has been impressed by the response meted to its Amaze model and the company has been eyeing the sales of its diesel variant, which has sold more as compared to the petrol one. So keeping in mind the success of Amaze, Honda might be planning to launch the diesel variant of City as soon as possible in the Indian car market. If sources are to be believed, the car might be on its way to debut in India by the first half of 2014.
According to industry experts, Honda will power the diesel variant of City with the newly adopted Earth Dreams Technology. As claimed by Honda, the engine created under this technology is more powerful and advanced having features like EGR, Lightweight engine block, low-tension piston rings, patterned piston coating, 2-Stage relief oil pump and start-stop system.
As seen in the diesel engine of Amaze, it has a displacement of 1498 cc that produces 98 bhp of power and generates 200 Nm of torque. In the upcoming diesel version of Honda City, it is likely that the same powertrain will be provided but in different tunes specifications. However, it is not clear that whether the diesel version of City would be provided with the 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine having Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) or the Fixed Geometry Turbocharger (FGT). The difference between both of them lies in their power and torque levels, which are quite different in both cases. Also, it is believed that 1.6-litre i-DTEC engine, which currently powers the Civic model in International markets might make way in new version of Honda City.
Exterior, Interior and Safety features of Honda City 2014
In the recent past, Honda City has gone through a major upgrade in which the design theme of the car was altered. As seen in the new shape Honda City that currently is in production, a distinctive design was given that had radical cuts and creases. At that time, Honda insisted on giving a larger engine grille that was mounted on the front bumper alongside the Honda badge sitting atop of it. The existing generation of City is provided with elongated headlamps as compared to previous generation model. So for the new model, it is likely that front fascia of the car might get a major overhaul having sportier bumpers and different set of headlights. Also, the company might adhere to give way the feature of projector headlamps across all trim levels. On seeing the rear end of current generation City, the car has been designed in a different manner altogether with a low C-pillar. Considering the fact that despite the designing changes given the existing version of Honda City, it did not seemed to grab many eyeballs as compared to Civic model, which is far sportier besides having a low ridge height.
As evident from previous model launches of Honda, the new City shall be longer and wider as compared to the existing model. In terms of exterior design, the overall appearance of upcoming City might take cues from new Honda Civic, which is on sale in some of the global markets. All this means is Honda might be axing its existing design of City and will be giving a fresh new lease of life to upcoming Honda City with edgy running creases and wider windscreen. Also, the feature of projector headlamps and LED tail lights shall make way on the Honda City 2014 version.
Going by the presumed larger and wider dimensions of City, the interior space offered in the car might make one of most spacious sedans in its segment. Rumours are suggesting that the interiors of upcoming Honda City will be quite similar to that provided in the new Jazz that has made its international debut. The overall quality of leather upholstery and dashboard plastics are expected to offered of a superior quality.
In terms of safety and security features, an increase in the number of airbags remains as a closest possibility. Other features like Anti-lock Braking System and Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Pretensioner seatbelts will surely carry over in the upcoming model of Honda City. While for interiors, industry experts believe that the car might get the upgraded music system as given in the new version of Jazz, which is now available in some of the European markets. Also, Honda might change the design of air-conditioning vents, power switches and steering wheels in next generation City model.
At the interiors, the car will also get the GPS navigation system along with the touch screen audio system with Bluetooth connectivity.
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Diesel and Petrol engine options, the 1.5-litre iVTEC petrol engine would produce 118 bhp power and 146 Nm torque. In case of 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine, it shall have outputs of 98 bhp and 200 Nm of torque.
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