IAB Report – New Honda City Diesel gets a 6-speed manual gearbox
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The all-new Honda City had its world premiere in India a couple of days ago.
Honda Cars India confirmed that the new City will be available with two engine options – a diesel and a petrol. The petrol engine is an improved version of the 1.5-liter i-VTEC, and though the specifications are unavailable, it should produce a power output in the region of 118 PS. This engine was already available with a 5-speed manual and automatic transmission on the predecessor, and it should remain the same.
The City diesel on the other hand will make use of the Amaze’s 1.5-liter EarthDreams diesel engine. While the Amaze diesel gets a 5-speed manual box, the City diesel will feature a 6-speed manual transmission. The image of the diesel City’s gear knob shot at the launch clearly reveals so.
On the outside, the new City measures the same as the old City in length and width, but is 10 mm higher and its wheelbase is 50 mm longer than the model it replaces.
While Honda haven’t discussed the variants and the features in depth, we know that the top-end ‘VX’ variant will sport an engine start-stop button, touch-panel auto AC, rear AC vents, an 8-speaker audio system with Aux-in, iPod, USB, Bluetooth, cruise control and a sunroof.
The new City will have its market introduction in early 2014. Honda India is expected to reveal the prices then.
H/T to eagle-eyed Indian Autos Blog reader Arvindhan!