Honda hit the jackpot by bringing the 1.5 liter i-DTEC turbo diesel motor to India. The new, all-aluminum turbo diesel engine, developed specially for the Indian car market, has resulted in Honda’s cash registers ringing ever since it debuted in the Amaze. Things were taken to the next level by the i-DTEC diesel engine’s usage in the City sedan. With the Mobilio MPV’s initial success, the i-DTEC engine has now been taken to the next level. Honda Cars India has just announced that it has sold 100,000 diesel powered cars in the country. As per the companies service data, the 100,000 diesel engines have together clocked over 90 crore kilometers.
This diesel motor will also find its way into the next-generation Jazz hatchback, when it launches next year in the country. The engine is the most fuel efficient diesel burner in the country, with an ARAI certified 26 Kmpl on the City sedan. Featuring all aluminium construction, the engine has a peak power output of 98.6 Bhp and a peak torque output of 200 Nm. Known for minimal turbo lag, excellent drive-ability is a forte of the engine, a trait carried over in multiple cars such as the Amaze, City and Mobilio.
Buoyed by its diesel-powered success in India, Honda is now the third largest car maker in India. Ahead of homegrown players such as Mahindra and Tata Motors, the Japanese automaker has found the sweet spot in product pricing, with value-priced cars such as the Amaze and the City sedans. Honda is working on further consolidating its position in India by means of the sub-Brio hatchback, whose development is underway. The sub-Brio Honda hatchback will arrive into India in 2017. The automaker is also planning to set up a new factory in India to boost its capacity, from the current 240,000 units/year.