After introducing the diesel-CVT on the all-new Amaze, a first for the Indian market as well as for Honda Car India, the Japanese company is likely to look at the same option for the City sedan too. The all-new fifth generation Honda City is expected sometime next year and there is a strong possibility that it will come with a diesel CVT.
As more and more customers in India have started embracing automatic transmissions, it is becoming easier for manufacturers to introduce the stick shift. Maruti started it by bringing the AMT tech. Others followed it up by getting their own AMT versions or by launching products that have either CVT, torque converters or dual clutch (the most expensive). While the Honda City petrol had a CVT option right from the second-gen, there was no diesel automatic on offer. This scenario is likely to change with the all-new Honda City expected next year. Honda can effectively take on the new Hyundai Verna and the Skoda Rapid as well as Volkswagen Vento, all of which offer diesel automatic transmissions.
While it is still unclear if Honda Car India will reduce the power figures of the new City diesel, it is likely that there could be a bump in the numbers too. As it is, the engine has been running with the same tune from the last six years. The 100PS/200Nm 1.5-litre motor was recently tweaked for the Amaze and its highly likely that the same engine may undergo few other tweaks before its under the hood of the all-new City.