New Delhi: Putting an end to a long wait, Honda's first car with a diesel variant in India-- the Honda Amaze-- saw its launch on Thursday at an event held in the national capital.
Powered by a 1.5 litre engine, the diesel avatar of the vehicle promises to deliver a 25.8 km per litre, making it the country's most fuel efficient passenger car.
Honda is offering the car in petrol option as well. While the diesel option will be priced between Rs 5.99 and Rs 7.60 lakh, the petrol version will be available at a price range of Rs 4.99 lakh to Rs 7.50 lakh.
The new model, which has been developed keeping in mind the Indian conditions, will compete directly with market leader Maruti Suzuki's Swift Dzire, which is priced between Rs 4.92 lakh and Rs 6.74 lakh for the petrol option and between Rs 5.99 lakh and Rs 7.5 lakh for the diesel variant.
The petrol option has a 1.2 litre engine and the manual transmission has a fuel economy of 18 km per litre, while the automatic one is claimed to run 15.5 km in every litre.
"The Amaze is our most strategic model in the Indian market and has been developed with strong focus on Indian requirements," Honda Motor Company Managing Officer Yoshiyuki Matsumoto told reporters here.
The entry level sedan qualifies for the excise duty benefit, enjoyed by small cars in India. At present, any car with a petrol engine capacity under 1,200 cc or diesel engine under 1,500 cc, but length shorter than four metres, attracts an excise duty of 12 per cent.