Honda has launched the City sedan with CNG in Thailand, suggesting that the India launch could happen soon too.
Honda offered the City CNG with a 3 years or 1 lakhs Km standard warranty in Thailand and will likely do the same in India to encourage buyers. It has been reported that the CNG kit installed in the City is a fuel-injection based microprocessor-controlled unit. The City has also become roughly 80 Kgs heavier due to the CNG cylinder and additional components.
Modifications have been made to keep the City CNG safe and stable despite the added weight of the CNG kit to ensure that owners can enjoy the same driving characteristics that the petrol City offers. Thailand has received the City CNG in the S AT and V AT models only. However, Honda will likely offer the CNG City in India with manual transmission in order to price it attractively. Also read: Honda City CNG variant to be launched in October
Honda has had to pay heavily in terms of sales due to the lack of a diesel engine. The CNG City will most likely help Honda attract customers who are fuel-economy conscious. The City CNG could become popular as customers relate Honda with both reliability and quality.
The City has lost some of its grunt in its CNG avatar. It makes only 100.6 bhp of power at 6,600 rpm and 127 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm compared to the petrol powered City’s figures of 118 bhp of power and 146 Nm of torque. Honda has price the City CNG a good Rs. 90,000 above the petrol variant in Thailand and will likely price it Rs.60,000 to Rs. 90,000 higher in India too.