Also it will be less than 4 meters in length to boost excise duty benefits, which may consequently translate in a competitive pricing strategy. Upon its launch, this rather fascinating Honda car will be seen giving competition to cars like the diesel Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Tata Indigo eCS, the yet-to-be-launched compact version of the Mahindra Verito and a small Volkswagen sedan.
It is being said that the car's new engine takes a cue from the 1.6-litre diesel engine that went on sale in Europe earlier this year via the Honda Civic. There has been no word about the other details, including the power and the torque that the engine will offer. However, it is already known that it is a four-cylinder motor and could also feature Honda's i-DTec technology. It is expected to be offered along with manual transmission at first. Reports have it that the most of the components for the new engine will be manufactured in India and will also be exported to other markets from Indian shores.
Hironori Kanayama, President and MD, Honda Cars India, said that the new engine will drive all new models lined up for the future, including the new small sedan next fiscal. This means that their plans to introduce diesel cars will eventually spread out to include Honda Jazz, Honda City and the new MPV/SUV. The possible engine sizes for these cars are being speculated to be either 1.2 or 1.5-litre, depending on the model.
Though rumour-mongers in the market have been speculating its launch date for a long time now, Honda seems to be in no hurry to launch a new model to deal with its declining sales.
And that seems to be a pretty wise decision since any rush could compromise the results of its reliability tests, which, in turn, can cause more damage than the rapidly falling sales.
Speculations, gossips and rumours apart, every auto enthusiast worth his salt remains eager to see how Honda's first diesel offering fares in the Indian market.