There was a time, when the Honda City used to rule the midsize sedan segment and have a good amount of share of sales in the market with a handful of competitors to deal with which didn’t quite upset Honda.
But fast forward to today and the very segment has been expanded to a full load of cars and the clash is quite expected to upset the rivals with the launch of the new facelifted Honda City sedan in India and the new sedan was simultaneously introduced in Goa by Costal Honda as well.
Design and exterior speak and the new Honda City wears the same arrow shot form but with a revised front fascia and new alloy wheels.
At the front there’s a new front grille with a redesigned bumper and fog lamp housings. New diamond cut alloy wheels, while at the rear there are new bumpers with a faux air vent and reflectors and new LED taillamps.
The dashboard receives the biggest change on the inside with an all black treatment and a 7 inch touchscreen system for the infotainment system and touch control for the air con as well.
While the rest of the interior remains the same with the same levels of space and comfort as the outgoing City sedan.
Features list on the new City includes a 7 inch touchscreen audio video navigation system which supports Bluetooth telephony and audio streaming, audio and video support, satellite linked 3D navigation and Wifi support for internet.
Full LED auto headlamps, LED fog lamps, LED Tail lamps, rain sensing wipers, boot spoiler with LED brake light, LED cabin lamps, R16 diamond cut alloy wheels, electric sunroof with one touch operation, telescopic steering adjustment, soft touch dashboard, frameless inner rear view mirror and Rear view camera.
Honda has also re-introduced the ZX trim; this variant will sit at the top of the City’s line – up and can be had with petrol CVT or a diesel manual gearbox only.
Safety wise the new City comes equipped with front dual airbags and ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child mounts as standard, ACE body structure and 3 point elr seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters. While in the higher trims you get six airbags which are (front dual, side and curtain).
The Engine line – up however will remain the same and so the 1.5 litre petrol unit produces the same outputs of 117 bhp and 145 nm of torque, and comes mated to either a five speed manual or a 7 speed CVT gearbox with paddle shifters.
The 1.5 litre engine also returns a claimed mileage of 17.4 kmpl for the manual and 18 kmpl for the CVT gearbox, while the diesel produces 98, 6 bhp and 200 nm of torque mated to a six speed manual gearbox and returns 25.6 kmpl.
Honda has given its most important model a significant update at the right time and thus the City is now all set to face the regain lost ground from its rivals.
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