The much awaited new Honda City broke cover last month and speculations went berserk as to the specifications the new City would come with. The new City is lined up to be launched in January next year and this time around the car will also be fitted with a diesel mill as found in the smaller Amaze.
How the 1.5L I-DTEC engine will be tuned for City is still a matter of conjecture, but reports speculate it to come with similar power/torque figures. It looks like Honda is favouring better fuel efficiency figures over outright performance.
Other eagerly awaited products from Honda’s stables are the MPV Mobilio and new Jazz hatch, both of which will be launched next year. It was earlier expected that Next-Gen Jazz may come earlier followed by Mobilio MPV.
However, in a statement at Financial Express, it becomes clear that Honda has reversed this order and will launch the Mobilio before the Next-Gen Jazz. Honda is targeting starting Mobilio’s production by April 2014 and launch the Brio-based MPV in June 2014 in the market.
Next-Gen Jazz is slated for a launch sometime towards the end of the year, possibly once the Mobilio settles down. Work at Honda’s new Tapukara plant is also underway at a rapid pace and both Jazz and Mobilio will be manufactured out of this plant.
Apart from the 1.5L petrol engine, Mobilio MPV will feature the same 1.5 liter diesel out of Amaze. The hatchback Jazz which has been in the pipeline for some time now, will come with the 1.2L i-vtec petrol engine along with the 1.5L diesel mill. Perhaps Honda doesn’t want Jazz to eat up the pie of Brio as well as Amaze, hence the delay.
Rest assured, Honda’s stall at the upcoming Auto Expo in New Delhi next year will feature both the new cars from the company and it would be a good time to pit the speculations to test with the official announcements that Honda is likely to make regarding these new products.