14 Feb 2017 Honda Cars India Limited, wholly owned subsidiary of Honda Motors Japan today launched 2017 special edition of its flagship City Sedan in India at the starting price of Rs 8.50 lakh for the base petrol S MT variant. The top of the line fully equipped ZX MT diesel variant is priced towards the higher end customers at Rs 13.57 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). The car comes with the host of cosmetic changes both on the exterior and interiors; however, there is no alteration on the mechanical and suspensions front. New Honda City continues to be powered by 1.5-liter diesel and petrol engines. The output of both the engines remains same at 119PS/145Nm for petrol and it 100PS/200Nm for the diesel version. Both manual and CVT gearbox will do the duty to channelize the power to the front wheels of the car in the manual while diesel version is mated with 6-speed manual only. 2017 Honda City takes on the likes of Maruti Ciaz, Skoda Rapid, Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento amongst others.
The best selling sedan in the C segment, Honda City has been restyled and laden with more features for its 2017 model. It also gets an updated variant line-up now. On 14th February 2017, the company launched the car at starting price of Rs 8.49 lakh for the Petrol line-up and Rs 10.75 lakh for the diesel (prices ex-showroom, Delhi).
The 5 variants on sale are S, SV, V, VX and ZX, out of which the base S trim is available only with the petrol engine. Also, top end ZX is the new trim that comes for petrol automatic or diesel manual but not petrol manual. Honda has added a number of new features to the new variant ZX and this will help it to attract the buyers who are always looking for a generously loaded car.
New Honda City has been updated with quite a few design modifications that give it a new and more contemporary look. And still, it does not lose its identity. The bumper in front is more sharp-edged and there is a larger honeycomb grille giving the face a wide grin. The chrome slat on the grille is sleeker now but it protrudes out more prominently than in the outgoing model of the car. It touches the all new headlamps that have LEDs for VX and ZX variants. The headlamps have 3 reflectors of which two on the outer side are for low beam and one on inner side is for high beam. LED daytime running lights are standard for the entire line-up of variants.
In the ZX trim, Honda is also providing LEDs for fog lights, the tail lamp cluster, the boot lid spoiler stop lamp and even on the ORVM indicators. These bits for bright illumination give the sedan a distinctive look and will help in getting attention.
There are 16 inch diamond cut alloy wheels for the top spec trims and they also have wider 185/55 R16 tyres enhancing the stance of City. The update for wheels is the only big change for the side profile. At the rear end of the car there are only some minor tweaks. The chrome strip that runs across the tail lights is still the same but the lower bumper has been modified.
How is it on the inside? The layout of dashboard stays largely unchanged but facelifted Honda City gets a new ‘Digipad’ infotainment system. Offered in V, VX and ZX variants, this system has a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen that comes with good resolution and easy to read icons. The system is also easy to use and includes new features such as Wi-Fi support, MirrorLink smartphone integration, navigation with real-time traffic data, and 1.5 GB of onboard storage. It brings two USB slots, two micro SD card slots and an HDMI port.
Steering can be adjusted for tilt in all trims and reach adjustment features in VX and ZX. The makers have added a button for voice commands to the set of phone control buttons. The engine stop start button is new although we liked the one on old model better. Keyless operation is standard for top three trims. Internal rear view mirror (IRVM) is wider now with day and night IRVM being standard for all variants. However, auto-dimming IRVM with a frameless design comes only with VX and ZX.
The facelifted Honda City is now a more premium sedan with soft touch plastics and chrome touches on the dashboard. Its conventional strengths in form of comfortable seats, legroom for rear seat occupants and the flat floor are still the same in new version.
You also get an assortment of safety features. These include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX seats for all the variants. The top end trim additionally gets side and curtain airbags as well. There is no ESP or traction control which customers do expect at this price point for a premium sedan.
Mechanically there are no changes in the City facelift. It is still powered by the same engines. There is 1.5 litre i-DTEC unit that generates 100 hp and 200 Nm of torque. The petrol engine is 1.5 litre i-VTEC that has 119 hp and 145 Nm of torque.
Honda claims that it has added more insulation to reduce the NVH level for the diesel. And even though there is some improvement as we later noticed in our test drive, the diesel clatter still remains. This has been a noisy engine.
The transmission options are also unchanged. The diesel engine is coupled with 6-speed manual transmission and petrol has options for 5-speed manual and 7-step CVT automatic gearbox. The rising inclination towards automatics in India and preference for diesel sedans demand an automatic option with diesel too but City facelift does not have it. We may see the combination in its next model.
With its premium car image, performance, comfort and reliability Honda City has done well in the segment and the changes that the restyled 2017 version brings will help in furthering the sales. There will be purchasers going for the top end ZX variant.
The only disappointment is price. The City continues to be the most expensive car in its category with ZX variant being about Rs 1.2 lakh more expensive than the corresponding trim of Hyundai Verna. When compared to the top end Maruti Ciaz, it is Rs 4 lakh costlier. And so there are options that make the City feel expensive. In addition to the appealing package that Honda has prepared for the facelifted sedan, it will have to use the brand image built over years to strengthen the marketing for City.
27Feb 2014. It was the year 1981, when the world automobile industry got a new brand in the automobile industry. This is the most precious year for the automobile industry around the world as the Japanese company, Honda City launch their first ever Honda City sedan with different variants. Their first introductions in the market were AA for Sedans, VF for newly styled vans and for the wider turbo II it was FA. This was the first generation of the Honda City where as the second generation car manufacturing of Honda City started in the year 1986 and this was the stage where the company introduced some new brands. The company introduced the second-generation car with Honda City (GA1). During the year from 2008 to 2013 was fifth generation and during this phase the company launched many different variants of Honda City. The year, 2014 is considered as the starting of the sixth generation and the company starts the year with 1.5 Ltr i-VTEC and 1.5 Ltr i-DTEC. The new models of Honda City are available with both diesel and petrol engines. There is a buzz all around the world regarding the new launch of the new sedans by Honda City. As per the report from Honda, it has been said that the new sedans have already been booked for 9000 units and this is just pre launch booking. There are availability of two special variants on petrol and diesel and both have been designed and equipped with more advanced techniques. Hence, choice is yours to choose the perfect variant for you. The company has fixed a reasonable price for the new launched Honda City and this will start from Rs 7.42 lakh for the ‘E’ variant with the facility of base petrol engine. In comparison to Hyundai Verna, the price of Honda City is cheaper by Rs. 90,000/- approx. The elegant looks with stylish designs have made this sedan a perfectly comfortable for the car lovers. The brand new Honda City sedans have five major variants. These are, E; S; SV; V;VX and all these models have been designed uniquely.
The first generation of Honda City was first launched in the year 1981 as a subcompact car initially meant for Japanese, European and Australian markets. The vehicle was then stopped from production in 1994 after its second generation.
The City was again launched in the year 1996 as a four door compact sedan. From then to till date the car has developed over from 1st generation to fifth generation; the first as in 1981, second in 1986, third in 1996, fourth in 2002, and fifth in 2008. In India the car was first launched in 2008 and then its face-lifted model Honda City 2012 was launched in the December 2011. The CNG variant was launched in October 2012.
Since its launch the car has won several awards and accolades like “The Highest Ranked Midsize Car” in J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2012 India Initial Quality Study (IQS), “Consumer Favourite Owner Driven Car” by Autobild & Carwale Golden Steering Awards, “Best Car in Midsize Segment” by JD Power Asia Pacific 2010 India IQS, “Car India & Bike India Awards 2009” by NDTV Profit.
The all new Honda City is powered with 1.5 L (SOHC) 4 Cylinder, 16 valve i-VTEC engine. It has a displacement of 1497 cc and comes equipped with electronic fuel injection. The vehicle can deliver maximum power of 118 PS @6600 rpm and maximum torque of 146 NM @4800 rpm. The car has a disc brake on the front and drum brakes in the rear. The engine is E10 compliant and has Euro IV emission levels. The manual transmission engine promises to deliver 16.8 kmpl while the automatic transmission promises to deliver 15.6 kmpl. It has a fuel tank capacity of 42 L.
When it comes to the exterior, it looks like an arrow shot form that really looks exceptional. It has a got a sporty front bumper and glassy chrome finished radiator grille along with a Honda badge in the centre. The front has a contrast black air intake vent that looks well with the overall design. On the roof the first in class electric sunroof gels well with the looks. From the side, the car has an ORVM with turn indicators and 10 spoke allow wheels that adds to its sportiness. Moving on to the rear the car has got an aggressive looking bumper with tail lights.
In terms of dimensions, the new Honda City 4440 mm in length, 1695 mm in width and 1485 mm height.
In the interior, Honda really has one of the finest things to boast about. The car has rich beige interiors with fabric upholstery and rich quality plastic in the dashboard. The leather upholstery is available only in V (AVN) and V Sunroof MT/AT variant. The seats are comfortable enough even for the long journeys. The car has ample legroom and headroom both on the front as well as in the rear seat. The instrument panel has a soft blue lit display and has a speedometer, tachometer and a fuel indicator. The 3-spoke steering wheel can be tilted as per the driver’s convenience and has mounted audio control and cruise control. Other excellent features of the car include advanced integrated audio (USB/AUX/MP3/AM/FM), rear speakers, Audio Visual Navigation & Bluetooth (available only in V (AVN) variant), wireless audio remote control, driver seat height adjuster (Lever Type), power door lock, power windows, seat centre armrests (both front and rear), day and night mirror, headlight alarm, foot rest, headlight adjuster, front seat back pocket etc.
Safety is one of the key deciding factors before choosing a car and Honda can boast of the several features that it is loaded with. It is fully equipped with several safety features like Dual Front SRS Airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist, G-CON (G-Force Control Technology), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Rear Windshield De-Fogger, Seat Belt Pretensioner with Double Load Limiter, Drive Seat Belt Reminder, High-Mounted Stop Lamp, Driver Side Window Auto UP & Down with Pinch-Guard, Child Proof Rear Door Locks and ECU Immobilizer System.
Honda City has been a popular Car brand in India and has a class of its own. The excellent exterior, interior and powerful performance combines to form a great vehicle.