Honda has only introduced the City petrol with a BS-VI compliant motor – diesel will come at a later date. The City petrol now demands around Rs 9,000 to Rs 15,000 more than the BS-IV model.
With 1st April deadline to switch to BS-VI compliant cars is closing in, carmakers are gradually updating their current crop of cars. The latest to bring an update is Honda – the City petrol is now BS-VI compliant. The diesel iteration of the mid-sized sedan will be introduced with a BS-VI update at a later date. This is the third car after the Civic and the CR-V to get the BS-VI update. As far as pricing goes, the petrol City now starts at Rs 9.91 lakh, which is nearly Rs 10,000 more than the model it replaces. The top-end ZX CVT demands Rs 14.31 lakh – an increase of Rs 15,000 over the model it replaces. All prices ex-showroom Delhi.
Honda has not only increased the price of the BS-VI petrol but also the diesel iteration, which is still BS-IV compliant. The diesel City now ranges from Rs 11.11 lakh to Rs 14.21 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The City held the top-spot in its class for a very long time, but over the last few years its high price has hugely affected its overall sales. That being said, to give customers better value for the increased cost, Honda has updated the City’s infotainment system. It now comes with a 7.0-inch Digipad 2.0 infotainment system in the V, VX and ZX trims. This new touchscreen system features video playback as well as a navigation system. It also gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The new Honda City that is expected to be launched around mid-2020 is expected to retain the same powerplants. As of now, the City and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz are the only two cars in the segment to sport BS-VI compliant engines. The Hyundai Verna, Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid are yet to get BS-VI updates.