Honda has launched the City facelift at Rs 8.5 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). In its latest avatar, Honda has given the City prominent updates, especially in the safety sector. As expected, ABS and dual front airbags are standard. Additionally, ISOFIX seats and rear defogger are now standard along with the option of six airbags on the new flagship ZX variant.
Exterior changes include new 16-inch diamond cut alloys wheels. The lower variants still get the 15-inch alloy wheels. Other updates include reworked front and rear bumpers, new grill and a boot lid spoiler with integrated high mount stop lamp. Honda has shown LEDs a lot of love with the City, and the top trim gets diode-type fog lamps, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights and LED headlights. The face now looks a bit toned down and more palatable, thanks to the new grill and a smaller slab of chrome.
On the inside, Honda has carried over the LED theme, and the cabin lights too are now LEDs. The centre stack now houses a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system instead of the older 6.2-inch unit. The system supports Bluetooth connection for media playback and handsfree calling along with HDMI. Sadly, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have been given a miss, but compatible Android devices will be able to project their phone's screens using the MirrorLink connectivity option.
The inbuilt satellite navigation is also smarter now and can show real-time traffic updates if connected to the Internet. The touchscreen can also be used to access your emails and browse the web.
The new City's dashboard has a soft touch feel to it, which isn't seen in the competition. Honda claims to have worked on containing the harshness of the 1.5-litre iDTEC engine too so the engine noise may not be able to invade the cabin so easily.
Engine and transmission options continue to be the same as before. There will be a 1.5-litre petrol engine that makes 119PS of power and 145Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and a CVT. The 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 100PS of power and 200Nm of torque and it makes do with only a 6-speed manual transmission. The petrol engine returns 17.4kmpl and the diesel engine provides a mileage of 25.6kmpl. The CVT-equipped petrol variant continues to offer 18kmpl of mileage.
S is now the base variant of the City instead of the E trim. VX is now the second in command as a new ZX variant with the latest kit has come into the picture.
The City will continue to challenge the recently-updated Skoda Rapid, the segment leader Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the dated lot including the Hyundai Verna 4S, Volkswagen Vento and the Fiat Linea. An all-new Hyundai Verna is in the pipeline and expected to come with hybrid technology, which will help it enjoy lower taxes just like the Ciaz. It should make for a worthy adversary for the City and the Ciaz.
Variant-wise pricing (ex-showroom, Delhi) is as follows:
S: Rs 8,49,990
SV: Rs 9,53,990
V: Rs 9,99,990
VX: Rs 11,64,990
V: Rs 11,53,990
VX: Rs 12,84,990
ZX: Rs 13,52,990
SV: Rs 10,75,990
V: Rs 11,55,990
VX: Rs 12,86,990
ZX: Rs 13,56,990
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