Despite the prevalence of hybrids and electric powertrains that serve as an alternative to the traditional internal combustion engine, there are still those that believe in turbo-diesel power. Take for example Honda India who recently released the specifications of the 2020 City.
First revealed in Thailand back in November last year, the Indian-spec City looks the same as the one made in The Land of Smiles. But one key difference that makes this particular model unique is the availability of turbo-diesel under the hood.
You read right, 2020 City in India can be specified with a 1.5-liter i-DTEC turbo-diesel engine that the automaker claims will deliver the best balance of power and fuel economy. It makes 100 PS at 3600 rpm along with a generous 200 Nm of torque at 1750 pm. No automatic transmissions or CVTs here as the i-DTEC engine can only be mated to a six-speed manual transmission. With it, Honda claims the diesel-powered City is capable of averaging 24.1 km/l.
Not a fan of the turbo-diesel engine? The Indian-spec 2020 City is also available with the carried-over 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder with i-VTEC. It makes 121 PS at 6600 rpm along with 145 Nm of torque at 4300 rpm. It can be connected to either a six-speed manual or a CVT.
Besides having the option of having a turbo-diesel engine, Honda India also added some premium touches in 2020 City. It gets a beige-colored interior, an optional sunroof, a 6.9-inch full-color TFT instrument panel, soft padded interior trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and faux wood grain garnishes. Amazon Alexa is available as an option for easier management of infotainment-based apps, and other in-car functions.
Could Honda offer the diesel-powered City outside of India? It's highly unlikely as the engine has been geared towards India's strict diesel emission standards. But if Honda somehow found a way to offer the engine in other markets like the Philippines, the City might be able to attract those that are looking for a subcompact sedan with diesel power aside from the Hyundai Accent.