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2014 Honda City with diesel engine to debut on 25th November

Honda Cars India has lined up a high voltage event on the 25th of November, 2013, the day when the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese car maker will reveal the next-generation version of the 2014 City sedan. Based on the Honda Jazz platform, the 2014 City will feature an all-new design and additional features. The car is likely to get larger in size, opening up a larger gap between itself and the lower priced Amaze compact sedan. Apart from selling the 2014 City in India, Honda will also sell this sedan in many other South East Asian car markets. 

The biggest story around the next-generation 2014 Honda City will involve the addition of a turbo diesel engine to the car, a much needed option that is likely to directly boost sales volumes of the C-segment sedan. Thus far, Honda has been selling the City sedan in India only in petrol and CNG engine options. The Honda Amaze's 1.5 liter i-DTEC engine is likely to be shoehorned into the 2014 City's engine bay, replete with a variable geometry turbocharger to boost power and torque. The diesel engined model will get a 5 speed manual gearbox as standard. 

The 2014 Honda City, which is the sixth generation version of the car globally, will also be available with a petrol engine option, and the petrol variants are likely to get five speed manual and automatic gearbox options. In India, the 2014 City will represent the fourth generation version of the car. With Honda looking to aggressively improve its market share in one of the most promising car markets in the world, India, the 2014 City is likely to arrive here with a high amount of localization, a strategy that the Japanese car maker has put to good use in the likes of the Brio hatchback and the Amaze compact sedan. 

A high amount of localization of the next-generation, 2014 City will allow Honda to price the C-segment sedan competitively, a move that is likely to enable the car regain its best seller position in the Indian C-segment car space. While the unveil of the 2014 Honda City will happen later this month, production is likely to begin only in January 2014. Actual deliveries of the car could also begin in January 2014. Honda car dealers in India have begun clearing out inventory of the current (3rd) generation model of the City sedan. Expect to snag good discounts on the current-gen City, in the run up to the new model's launch. 

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