Honda Cars India has decided to sell City sedan exclusively in the Petrol variants, thus discontinuing the diesel variants from its product portfolio.
With the implementation of new emission norms from April 1st 2020, many automakers have discontinued their diesel variants owing to the expensive cost for upgrading the BS-IV diesel engines to BS-VI platform. Well, Honda India has discontinued the Diesel variants instead of upgrading.
Honda City BS-VI Petrol variant has been launched in December 2019 in India with a starting price of Rs. 9.91 lakh (Ex-Showroom Delhi) and can go as high as Rs.14.31 lakh (Ex-Showroom Delhi) for the top-end trim. As of now, only one engine option to be offered- 1.5Litre i-DTEC Petrol engine churning out 98bhp and 145Nm Torque, which is coupled with a 5-speed manual transmission as standard but a 7 speed CVT with steering-mounted paddle shifter is also available in the top-end trim.
Honda City BS-VI petrol version will be available in 4 variants- SV, V, VX, and ZX. With features like massive boot space of 510L, cruise control and high ground clearance, the City is a perfect blend of SUV and Sedan making it your long drive partner.
As it is based on the BS-IV City it retains major features including 6 airbags, ABS with EBD, crash sensor, rear parking sensor as standard. Comfort and convenience features include automatic climate control, air quality control, rear AC vents, cruise control, sunroof and 8-inch infotainment system supporting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Meanwhile, the 2020 Honda City launch was delayed until the end of April due to Coronavirus pandemic. The sedan is based on a new platform that is on sale in Thailand. Sources reveal that the 2020 City will have BS-VI 1.5-litre Petrol engine mated to manual as well as CVT gearbox. Once launched, the 2020 City will compete against the likes of Skoda Rapid, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Volkswagen Vento.
Besides, Honda has witnessed a whopping drop of 79% for the last month sales figure when compared to March 2019 sales. Apart from City, CR-V and Jazz diesel versions are also moving out of the market. Currently, Amaze is the only car from Honda available in BS-VI Diesel version. The suspension of diesel cars seems to be a temporary move and we can expect diesel cars back in the market in the near future. In the mid-size sedan segment carmakers like Hyundai Aura and Skoda Rapid continue to sell diesel version with new BS-VI compliant engines. Stay tuned for further updates about the launch of 2020 City.