Honda City is one of the most successful sedans from the Japanese manufacturer. The facelift launched on 14 Feb 2017 received almost 5,000 bookings, mostly for the petrol variant. Keeping an eye on the stiff competition, the latest Honda
City 2017 is given new styling updates with a bunch of refreshing features.
The engines in the new Honda City are the tried and tested units, taken from the old City models. The facelifted Honda City comes with two transmission modes: manual and CVT. The 1.5-litre i-VTEC five-speed manual petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC 6-speed diesel provide the same punch as in the older versions of the City sedan. The diesel engine produces 100hp of power and 200Nm of torque but becomes noisy and even lags at high speeds even though the engine is smooth and linear. The petrol engine is the most enthusiastic one developing 119hp and 145Nm of torque.
There have been major improvements in the NVH levels of the diesel engine. New variants S MT base trim and ZX CVT top end trim have been added to the list of variants.
The petrol engine delivers a mileage of 17.4 kmpl with the manual transmission and 18 kmpl with CVT gearbox while the diesel engine returns 25.6 kmpl.
The new Honda City almost looks similar to the outgoing one. However, visible changes are on the front profile of the car with the bolder grille and thick chrome strip giving it a more aggressive look. The redesigned smart looking LED headlights with daytime running lamps adds to the 'wow' factor.
The new City comes with 15-inch diamond alloy wheels for the 'V' trim and 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels for the 'VX' and 'ZX' trims with the exception of 'S' trim which only gets steel alloy wheels. The makers have upgraded the car with auto folding door mirrors, a first-in-segment.
The rear of the vehicle gets a trunk lid spoiler with integrated stop-lamp for the high-end variant. Resembling Civic sedan, the rear portion also ensembles new sporting tail-lamps. Rear defogger comes as standard, with fog lamps added from the mid variant 'V' and an electric Sunroof for the 'VX'/'ZX' trims.
Some major features have been added to the cabin to compete against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna. Integrated audio system with Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity comes as standard in the new Honda City.
Honda now offers a 7-inch Touchscreen infotainment system with voice command, a major change from the 5.0-inch infotainment system in the outgoing model. However, the Touchscreen infotainment system is available from the mid-variant 'V'.
There are also steering mounted audio controls, automatic climate control, rear a/c vents, driver seat adjustment features available from the 'SV' trim.
Push-button start and Rear view camera are the additional features on the 'V' trim. In addition to the features in the 'V' trim, 'VX' and 'ZX' trims also get leather seats and telescopic adjust steering with rain sensing wipers exclusively added on the 'ZX' trim.
The new City comes loaded with features - bottle holders in the front and the rear, cup-holders in the front console, a driver side coin pocket, armrest with storage in the front and rear armrest with cup-holders. Honda City comes with a boot space of 510 litres.
Safety has been given a top priority by the introduction of 6 airbags -dual front, side and curtain at the high end 'ZX' variant and all other variants getting a dual SRS airbag for driver and front passenger. ABS with EBD, anti-theft security alarm and day/night inside rear view mirror also comes as standard across all the variants.
Honda City is a well-planned sedan considering the fact that the manufacturers added many features to turn the sedan into a complete family vehicle. Furthermore, Honda's plan of increasing the sales and service network in India shows the seriousness of the manufacturer to give the sedan a much-needed boost to stay in the competition.