According to a report on EconomicTimes, the 2014 Honda City is likely to be launched next month.
Honda CRIDER concept
Japanese autogiant Honda has already launched the next generation 2014 Jazz/Fit hatchback internationally. The new Jazz platform will support two other cars: the 2014 City and the 2015 Urban SUV. The Urban SUV concept’s production version will be showcased at next month’s Tokyo Motor Show. According to a report on EconomicTimes, the 2014 Honda City is likely to be launched next month. However, the location of the car’s launch remains unknown for now. While the Urban SUV could be launched in India late next year, the 2014 Honda City could be launched much earlier as dealers have already clearing stock of the existing model.
The 2014 Honda City will get a completely new design. Rumours suggest that the car could also get slightly larger than the current model and along with it, a price increase could also accompany. While these are rumours at best, a confirmed development is that the 2014 City will feature both petrol and turbo diesel engine options. The diesel engine is likely to be borrowed from the Amaze compact sedan. The 1.5 liter i-DTEC turbo diesel engine on the 2014 City however, could feature a higher state of tune. Expect the addition of a variable geometry turbocharger to boost the power and torque figures from 100 PS-200 Nm to a figures that are about 15-20% higher.
Armed with a diesel engine, the 2014 City could once again retain its numero uno status in the C-segment car market of India, a position that it held for many years and lost when the Indian car buyers shifted to diesel powered cars. The 2014 City’s petrol engine will be available with manual and automatic gearbox options while the diesel engine will be a manual-only affair when it comes to the transmission. With Honda having experienced rejection at the Indian car market due to its premium pricing strategy in the past, a high level of localization would be key if the Japanese car giant wants to price the 2014 City sedan competitively.