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Honda City ‘RS’ with 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine being evaluated for India

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Honda introduced the new 5th generation city in the Indian market and commenced pre-launch bookings on the same a couple of weeks ago. The new Honda City in India will be launched with new BS6 compliant 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol and diesel powertrains. According to a media report, the Japanese carmaker is now considering the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol motor on the Honda City which is available internationally on the ‘RS’ performance-oriented model. 

In its sporty avatar, the RS model is powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged i-VTEC petrol motor that produces 122 HP of power and 173 Nm of torque mated to a 7-step CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). The same CVT transmission is also available on the petrol version of the new Honda City which will be launched in the coming weeks. 

Apart from the turbocharged engine the Honda City RS also gets sporty exteriors and interiors to match the sporty avatar. On the outside, the Honda City RS features a piano black grille applique instead of the imposing chrome band with RS badging, black ORVM housings, sportier front and rear bumpers, new alloy wheel design and a rear spoiler. 

On the Interiors, the Honda City RS comes with a dark themed cabin with black dashboard, black upholstery, red contrast stitching, red accents on the instruments and air-con controls, satin silver trim, aluminium pedals etc. 

The 5th generation Honda City will be powered by the brand’s EARTH DREAMS TECHNOLOGY BS6 compliant petrol and diesel engines consisting of a 1.5-litre i-VTEC DOHC petrol engine with Variable Valve Timing Control that produces 121 Ps of power and 145 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed manual transmission and a new 7 speed CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that produces 100 Ps of power and 200 Nm of torque matched to a 6-speed manual transmission.

The Honda City has also scored a full 5-stars at the ASEAN NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme) with a total overall score of 86.54 points thanks to the new platform featuring Ultra High Tensile steel with Super High Formability 980 MPa grade steel and improved suspension, torsional rigidity, various insulation techniques that result in improved Quietness & NVH levels.

If Honda launches the City RS in India it is likely to demand a premium of INR 75,000 to INR 1 lakh over the CVT petrol variant.