It has only been a short while since Honda Cars India Ltd.
launched the 4th generation Honda City in both petrol (i-VTEC) and diesel
(i-DTEC) variants. The i-DTEC diesel engines are powered by Honda’s Earth
Dreams Technology. Currently the Honda City, Amaze and Mobilio are powered by
the i-DTEC engine.
The heart of any car is the engine, winning the heart of a
driver is not just how the car looks but also how the engine performs. In India
performance may have a different definition from western countries. For the
typical Indian family a car has good performance only if it has a good mileage
and at the same time can go fast, both of which are two different engine
Honda has just about got it right with their i-DTEC engine.
The car does not only give a mind blowing 26 Km to the litre but also has the
capacity to out-perform many hatchbacks and sedans with the same engine
capacity. The Honda City has a 1.5 litre i-DTEC engine which produces an
astounding 99bhp @ 3600rpm and 200nm of torque @ 1750rpm. The fact that Honda
Cars India Ltd. has sold 1,00,00 i-DTEC powered vehicles in India which have
cumulatively clocked over 90 crore Kms just goes to prove that Honda has got
their formula right.
We drove the Honda City i-DTEC and boy was it a joy to get behind
this wheel. The engine unlike most diesel mills is very responsive; it just
does not feel sluggish. The 1.5 litre i-DTEC will pull cleanly from 1500rpm –
3900rpm after which it begins to tail off. For a car the size of the City one
could demand a bigger engine but Honda is more sensible than us, a breed of
babbling petrol-heads. The car is named City because it is made for the city.
For which the 1.5 litre diesel mill is perfect, there are only a few roads on
which you can really tear up the asphalt, the rest of the while you will be
busy honking in the never ending traffic snarls of a metropolitan like ours.
For city driving the car is one of the best choices available in the market, it
has everything you would want. If you want a bigger engine or feel the City is
underpowered go and buy the Honda Highway!
The i-DTEC engine has an all aluminum cylinder head which is
joined to an open deck engine block. The open deck configuration of the i-DTEC
has made it one of the lightest engines among those with a similar capacity and
output. The i-DTEC has an exceptionally lighter crankshaft and uses some of the
latest friction reducing technologies. The result is a highly efficient diesel
motor which not only performs well but also has reduced carbon and green house
gas emissions. The whole Earth Dreams Technology has been conceptualised to
develop such an engine which will perform well at the same time not compromise
The Honda City is the first model in India to use Honda’s
new and exciting H Design. The H Design will be applied to all of Honda’s
global models. The H design has been conceptualised around a sleeker looking
car with a low front face and symmetrical linings that run along the car to a
raised rear end. The headlamps are designed to look sharper and house a total
of four lamp slots. The front face of the car has a very edgy look with the
Honda badge centered between the bold chrome wings. The sides of the car have a
powerful design and have been shaped to look more aggressive and muscular
discarding the old Honda styling of smoothness and straight lines. The rear end
gets wider wrap around tail lamps fitting perfectly with the overall design
philosophy of the car. The Honda City has 175/ 65 R15 tyres and newly designed
15 inch alloys.
The previous versions of the Honda City lacked a few
features which major competitors like Hyundai and Nissan were offering. This
has all been compensated for in the new version which covers a wide array of
features. Some of the highlights of what is offered inside are one push engine start/ stop button, automatic
air-conditioning with a touch screen panel, rear ac vents, rear parking camera
with different view selections (wide, normal and top-down view), cruise control,
paddle shifts (only in the top model), electrically retractable and adjustable
ORVMs, LED turn indicators on the ORVMs, sunroof with a tilt function, sound
insulation for the diesel variant, rear reading light, advanced integrated
audio with a 5 inch screen and 8 speakers. The car has a host of safety
features such as driver and passenger SRS airbags, ABS, EBD, engine
immobilizer, auto door locking and a rear windshield defogger.
The new Honda City i-DTEC is a thriller of a sedan and just
something that will keep you wanting more and more and more. Everything about
this car is simply beautiful it has all the features and functions an Indian
buyer would ask for. No wonder it’s a city champ!
Honda City i-DTEC specifications
1,498cc, DOHC i-DTEC Diesel Engine
949 bhp@ 3600rpm
200 Nm@ 1750rpm
Brake: Front/ Rear
Tyres: Front/ Rear
McPherson Strut /Stabilizer, coil spring
Torsion beam axle/ Stabilizer, coil spring
Rs 11,06,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
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