Ladies and gentlemen, meet India's new king of mileage, the 2014 Honda City sedan. Unveiled last month in Delhi and scheduled for launch in January, the new Honda City diesel has toppled the Honda Amaze diesel from its throne.
That's right. Honda Amaze diesel, which is currently the most fuel efficient car in India, with a mileage of 25 kmpl will move to second place once the 2014 City diesel is launched, which has an ARAI certified mileage of 26 kmpl.
What will fascinate you is the fact that both the 2014 Honda City diesel and the Honda Amaze diesel are powered by the same 1.5l i-DTEC engine. But inspite of the City weighing more than the Amaze it manages to deliver slightly better fuel economy thanks to two reasons.
One, Honda engineers have worked hard on the diesel engine to refine it further for the City. Second, the City comes with a 6 speed manual transmission, whereas the Amaze only has a 5 speed manual.
Even the 2014 City petrol does not disappoint in terms of fuel economy. The petrol engine is a 1.5l i-VTEC unit that can be had with either a 5 speed manual or a CVT gearbox.
While the ARAI certified mileage is 17.8 kmpl for the manual variant, it's the CVT transmission that surprises by delivering a better mileage than the manual, of 18 kmpl.
Stay tuned for a detailed report on the 2014 Honda City.