Honda is looking to make a big comeback into the Indian market, and they have now finally launched a product that we believe will surely create quite a storm. Just a few months after its global unveiling in New Delhi, Japan's Honda Motors once again held a conference in the capital to launch the fourth generation Honda City sedan, and with a very attractive starting price tag of just Rs 7.42 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. There is also a diesel engine available and the staring price for the diesel variant is Rs 8.62 lakh ex-showroom Delhi. these prices are very attractive and are much lower than the starting prices of Hyundai's Verna sedan.
The 1.5 litre i-Vtec engine is unchanged but now produces 116bhp and 146Nm of torque, while the diesel 1.5 litre i-DTEC has been taken from the Honda Amaze, and produces 98bhp and 200Nm of torque. Honda will be looking to take back its segment leadership position with the addition of the diesel variant. The biggest news is that the diesel variant will provide a fuel economy of 26kmpl - which is ARAI certified. The diesel gets a 6-speed manual, while the petrol gets a 5-speed manual, but the two highest variants get an option of a CVT automatic gearbox.
In addition to the new diesel variant, the new Honda City also gets a longer wheelbase, with increased legroom space in the rear, which will also help grab high end customers. The interiors have also gotten a makeover and features a better quality cabin with a premium design. The car is also stocked with decent equipment, and the higher variants come with a full package of goodies.