Honda Cars India is preparing to introduce the BSVI compliant City in the domestic market in the coming days. The petrol engined City sticking by the more stringent emission standards will reportedly be priced from Rs. 10.22 lakh and it goes all the way up to Rs. 14.68 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). In comparison to the current BSIV petrol variants, the price increase for the base SV manual is only Rs. 10,000 and for other variants, it costs Rs. 15,000 reportedly.
The 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol four-cylinder engine with BSVI updates will continue to produce 119 horsepower and it will be connected to either a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic transmission as in the current state. The Japanese manufacturer employs the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel powertrain across its portfolio and it will be upgraded to meet BSVI norms ahead of the April 2020 deadline.
Moreover, the smaller 1.2-litre petrol unit will also undergo updates to conform with the BSVI regulations in the coming months. The major implication of the arrival of the updated petrol engine in the current generation City sedan is that the much-awaited next-gen model will likely take a little longer than anticipated to debut in the domestic market. Honda may continue to sell the existing City without any further updates.
On the mechanical side, the diesel engine is said to get CVT gearbox in the fifth-gen City while a mild-hybrid system introduced in the latest Jazz sold globally will make it’s way into the Indian lineup sometime during the course of 2021.