The all new, 2014 avatar of the immensely popular Honda City finally released yesterday. And how popular, you ask? Well, it’s been out for barely 2 days and the number of pre bookings for the car has almost crossed into 5 digits. Yes, you read that right!
This version of the Honda City has received more attention that its predecessors primarily because of the fact that this one is available with a diesel engine as well. Considering the spiralling costs of petrol and tired of competitors taking advantage of the situation, the Japanese car firm decided that it was high time it resolved the matter and plonked a 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine that puts out 98.6 bhp and, reportedly, returns an eye-popping fuel economy figure of 26 kpl!
Design-wise, not much has changed on the outside apart from new headlamp and tail light clusters, a grille with a broad band of chrome, new bumper and new indicator incorporated rear view mirrors but step inside and you will immediately see that this car is nothing like its forerunner.
The interiors of this new Honda City are a combination of glossy black, silver and grey and everything from the steering wheel to the dashboard to the centre console is new. The car also gets more comfy seats, there is an audio system with Bluetooth connectivity and aux-in support, and the air con is now controlled via a touchscreen that is brilliant to use although its display isn’t very bright.
Honda City E variant:
This is the base variant of the new City and it gets features like electrically adjustable mirrors, power steering with tilt adjustment, power windows all around, driver airbag, ABS with EBD and an engine immobiliser. The petrol E variant costs INR 7.42 lakhs and the diesel E variant costs INR 8.62 lakhs, both ex-showroom Delhi.
Honda City S variant:
In addition to all that, the S variant adds keyless entry, a multi information meter with blue illumination, centre console with silver garnishing, air conditioner control panel finished in silver, integrated audio system with a 3.5” screen, aux-in, USB and iPod connectivity, steering mounted controls, hands-free telephony and driver seat height adjustment. The petrol and diesel versions of the S variant have ex-showroom (Delhi) costs of INR 8.04 lakhs and INR 9.24 lakhs respectively.
Honda City SV variant:
This variant additionally gets a shark fin radio antenna, auto AC with a touchscreen control panel, rear AC vent, cruise control, advanced multi information meter, eco assist system, dual tripmeter, centre console finished in glossy black, steering mounted phone controls, premium fabric upholstery and dual front airbags. This variant can also be ordered with a CVT automatic gearbox. The petrol manual, diesel and petrol CVT versions of the S variant have ex-showroom (Delhi) costs of INR 8.49 lakhs, INR 9.66 lakhs and INR 9.49 lakhs respectively.
Honda City V variant:
Adding to the kit already available on the lower variants, the V version of the City gets alloy wheels, mirrors with integrated turn indicators, rear parking camera, power foldable mirrors, map light, door switch panels finished in silver, audio system with a 5” screen, CD player, 8 speakers, 3 sockets with 12V output and front fog lamps. The petrol and diesel versions of the V variant have ex-showroom (Delhi) costs of INR 8.99 lakhs and INR 10.16 lakhs respectively.
Honda City VX variant:
This is the range-topping variant of the Honda City line-up and, as expected, it comes fully loaded. It gets a sunroof, push button engine ignition, keyless boot opening, sound insulating front windshield for the diesel version, a rear reading light, seat back pockets, leather seats and door linings, a leather wrapped steering wheel, gear lever and front armrest. This variant, like the SV variant, can also be ordered with a CVT automatic gearbox. The petrol manual, diesel and petrol CVT versions of the S variant have ex-showroom (Delhi) costs of INR 9.93 lakhs, INR 11.10 lakhs and INR 10.98 lakhs respectively.
Honda has gone to great lengths to try and make this new City extremely desirable and despite certain foibles, they have undoubtedly succeeded. A very strong contender has just stepped into the mid size sedan arena of the Indian automotive market.