Here are 8 facts you need to know about the upcoming facelift Honda City.
Since the launch of the sixth generation Honda City in India in 2014, Honda has updated some of their cars with minor facelifts. Following the Amaze and the Brio, the City is expected to be next in line for an update.
Honda’s Chinese outfit, Dongfeng Honda have released images of an updated version of the City which is called the Honda Greiz for the Chinese market. The same vehicle is expected to arrive in India next year so here is everything you need to know about the new Honda City.
The design has seem some changes at the front especially for the updated new Honda City. The front grille though similar to the current generation, with a black or chrome bar (depending on trim levels) as the main feature now have tow thin slats with another chrome strip that runs the entire width of the car under the headlamps and across the bottom of the grille. The shape of the headlamps are similar but the module inside is different. The front and rear bumpers in addition to the tail lamps have all been redesigned as well. The interior styling has also received a slight upgrade in addition to a touchscreen infotainment system.
The facelifted Honda City will get the same engine option in India which include a 1.5-litre, i-VTEC petrol and a 1.5-litre, i-DTEC diesel engine. However, performance enhancements will be made to the engine to produce more power and better fuel economy.
With the petrol engine, the new Honda City will get the same 5-speed gearbox and the option of a CVT automatic. The diesel engine will get the 6-speed manual as it currently does.
Due to the cosmetic changes, the new Honda City is slightly longer by 55mm making the total length of the car now 4,495mm. The width has also increased to 1,705mm, an additional 5mm has been added. The height and the wheelbase however remain the same which measure at 1,495mm and 2,600mm respectively.
The New Honda City’s features will differ from the ones that will be offered in the Indian market. However, some features that are likely to be available are Halogen headlamps, with LED tail lamps, optional 16inch wheels on the exterior. The City may also include keyless entry, with automatic climate control and leather seats will be offered. A new touchscreen infotainment system may also be added to the list of features for the Indian market as well.
The Chinese model of the new Honda City may differ in terms of safety equipment due to legal differences. For the Indian market, Honda will introduce the City with most likely a driver and passenger airbag, side and curtain airbags my also be introduced but only in higher variants. ABS with EBD, Hill Start Assist, and a reversing camera may also be included in the final package.
Honda has not confirmed the exact date for the launch of the new city, however, it is likely that the car will be launched in the first half of 2017.
Competing with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento and the Hyundai Verna, the Honda City is likely to be priced in the same range starting from around Rs. 8-12 lakh ex-showroom.