So, it seems almost everyone who was waiting for a diesel engine from Honda has considered buying one after its launch last year. Honda India has announced that they have so far rolled out 1 lakh cars with their acclaimed and much loved 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine.
The first car to get this engine in India was their compact sedan, Amaze, back in April 2013. Amaze claims of a class leading fuel efficiency figure of 25.8kmpl. The next car to get it was the new City in January 2014, which bettered Amaze and became country’s most fuel efficient car, churning out 26km to a litre of petrol.
The latest addition to the league has been the recently launched 7-seater Honda Mobilio which in turn goes 24.5 kms to a litre, making it the most fuel efficient MPV in India.
The 1.5L i-DTEC engine, using Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology has been developed keeping the Indian market and driving conditions in mind. The engine features an all-aluminium cylinder head joined to an open deck engine block. This allowed Honda engineers to create one of the lightest engines in this class.
Many correctly point out that friction in a diesel engine is way more than in a petrol engine. And that has also been taken care of by using friction reducing technologies. This has led to greater cooling efficiency which has directly translated to dramatic fuel efficiency improvements.
Honda also claims that i-DTEC powered cars have so far managed to clock about 90 crore kilometres cumulatively. A praiseworthy achievement by a company which is seriously aiming to cement itself as the third largest car manufacturer in India.