With competition in the sedan segment of the Indian car market become tougher with each passing month, one of the most popular models sold here, the Honda City, has been losing its market share over the past few years. However, that trend might be set to reverse, as the Japanese car maker has just launched the facelifted version of their City.
Priced at INR 8.50-13.57 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Honda City facelift has all that it needs to be a hit among Indian car buyers. The entire front fascia of the car has been altered and it now looks contemporary. You get LED headlights with integrated LED daytime running lamps, new bumpers, a redesigned front grille and new tail lamp clusters with integrated LED elements. The company has given the City 16 inch rims, which are larger than the ones the outgoing model used to be equipped with, and has also worked on the suspension to improve the ride quality. The vehicle will be sold in 5 trim levels: S, SV, V, VX and ZX. 5 paint colour options will be provided as well: White Orchid Pearl, Carnelian Red Pearl, Alabaster Silver, Golden Brown and Modern Steel.
The powertrain used in this new City is the same set of 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder petrol and diesel motors used in the outgoing version. Although their power outputs remain the same (117 bhp in the petrol and 99 bhp in the diesel), they have been tweaked to improve fuel efficiency. The petrol version gets both a 5 speed manual and a CVT automatic, whereas the diesel version only gets the manual gearbox.
You also get more features in the new model, including a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system that supports screen mirroring and Android Auto, 1.5GB internal memory, two USB and microSD slots, WiFi support, a navigation module, adjustable rear headrests, automatic climate control, soft touch dashboard, push button engine ignition, two 12V sockets, automatic wipers and headlights, a sunroof, voice commands, ABS with EBD and 6 airbags.