Honda Cars India will launch the 2023 City Facelift on March 2. However, before the launch, a few images of the upcoming sedan leaked on the internet. The leaked shots of the model give a clear picture of the exterior and interior of the car. In terms of design, the City facelift gets few improvements, similar to the majority of revised models from Honda. The front bumpers have been modified, and the grille now has a smaller chrome bar. The facelift retains the nine LED arrays in the aggressively designed headlights of the standard model. The grille design has a honeycomb pattern on top-spec models and vertical slats on the lower versions. With minor design improvements, the model will also get an all-new blue paint shade.
The City facelift's interior resembles the existing version. However, expect Honda India to include features like a wireless charger and ventilated seats inside the model. Furthermore, the carmaker will probably rearrange the City's lineup along with the facelift. The model will have a new pair of dual-tone alloy wheels on either side. The sedan's rear will get a redesigned appearance, thanks to a diffuser on the back bumper. The new blacked-out diffuser has replaced the reflectors, which were earlier on the rear bumper.
Currently, the standard City only offers the hybrid in its top-tier ZX trim, which costs significantly more than the standard City petrol version. According to the reports, Honda will bring a reasonable City Hybrid trim to the market. On the mechanical front, the new City will come equipped with a 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 119bhp. The engine will come mated to either a 6-speed manual or CVT automated gearbox. There will also be a 1.5-litre Atkinson Cycle petrol-hybrid engine, making 124bhp, paired with an e-CVT transmission.
Honda India will discontinue its diesel engine ahead of the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) norms. The City facelift will only be offered as a petrol-powered mid-size sedan when on sale in India. Its petrol and hybrid powertrains have to comply with E20 and RDE standards. As for the pricing, the cost of the standard City petrol version ranges between Rs 11.87 lakh and Rs 15.62 lakh (ex-showroom, India). Reportedly, the revised City will cost a lakh more than the existing model in the Indian market.