Honda has always delivered the best cars possible for the Indian roads and the fourth generation Honda City is an updated version of the previous one. The car is definitely sleeker and the design gets a whole new treatment on quite a few quarters.
Honda City sedan was one of the first sedan cars from the stable of Honda in an affordable pricing range, which is why the car quickly went on to become highly successful.
Sales soared within a very short period of time and Honda has from time to time, updated the model to keep it relevant among modern buyers. The new Honda has again received a number of updates.
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With the Hyundai Verna and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz being introduced to the market, the City is definitely up for some competition and hence the experts are lauding the upgrade which happens with perfect timing.
Honda City Engine and Performance
To start with, previously the City simply had a petrol variant, but now a diesel variant has been included as well. In the petrol variant, the car is being provided with a new CVT automatic engine that is slated to deliver great efficiency than a manual transmission car. A six-speed manual transmission has been provided with the diesel variant. By and large, the engine is more or less the same.
It comes with the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine coupled to five-speed manual gearbox/CVT and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox. The output also remains unchanged with 119PS/145Nm for 1.5-litre petrol and a 100PS/200Nm for the 1.5-litre diesel engine.
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The fuel consumptions remain the same although the mileage might be lower by a couple of kilometres in the new version. The diesel-manual combination now provides the driver with 25.6kmpl and the petrol-manual now provides the driver with 17.4kmpl, both of which are 0.4kmpl lower than before. That said, the CVT automatic with petrol still remains unchanged with the older figure of 18kmpl.
Honda City Exteriors
The exteriors are being done up quite a bit. The wheelbase is being extended by 60 mm, after which the current length of the car would stand at 2600 mm. The new exterior design is also based on the Exciting H Design, which is known to feature Sleek Crossmotion exterior to result in minimum air friction.
The new version has a slimmer chrome radiator grille in the front and the space allotted for fog lamps have become smaller, and yet it looks bolder. There have also been changes in the front bumper. The dimensions of the sheet metal body, however, remains the same compared to its immediate predecessor.
The space allotted for headlamps now has headlamp clusters instead and the new LED headlamps come with day time running LEDs, with underlining DRLs. The lights are also going to make the experience of night time driving a lot better.
This feature has only been introduced for the second time for a car which is priced below Rs 25 lakhs. In comparison, the outgoing version had regular halogen headlamps without DRLs.
It also gets a new set of LED fog lamps and with the LED headlamps, the front of the car does look striking. There have not been many differences in the side of the car apart from the tyres.
The tyres are now 16 inches and they are set on diamond cut alloy wheels. The older version had regular five-spoke wheels and the new wheels also give the car a more sporty look from the side.
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From the rear, the new generation Honda City definitely looks a bit different. It has a more prominent bumper in the rear, which has black honeycomb inserts. The taillights remain unchanged in a version revealed in Thailand, but the model that came to India features a set of clear lens lamps and a rear spoiler with an integrated stop light.
There are LED tail- lamps as well at the rear, and the car now comes with dual strip LED indicators. The shape of the cluster remains more or less the same, but the overall look is sleeker and definitely looks more modern than the outgoing version. A boot- lid spoiler with an integrated brake light is also going to be introduced which will give the car a more sporty look.
Honda City Interiors
The car interiors have also received a facelift. It has been designed in a layered floating cockpit design. It now also has the start and stop button, four charger sockets and a touchscreen panel for the control music system and air conditioning. There aren’t many changes to be noticed in the interiors as far as the upholstery and the designs are concerned, but then there is a new infotainment system, and there is a bigger, almost 7-inch screen that comes with
MirrorLink connectivity. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto had also been introduced. The screen will definitely make the in-car viewing experience a lot more fun. The infotainment system comes with an all-new interface and has 1.5 GB internal memory. There are also two USB-in slots, two micro SD card slots and 1 HDMI- in the slot, with WiFi support for internet and MirrorLink for connecting with Smartphone.
An LED map has been introduced and the interior lights have becomes more subtle and also have LED lights. The audio controls are now mounted on the steering and the lower priced variants have features like a new MID, and 3 rear headrests with height adjustment. The AC switches are also mounted on the steering. The start and stop button of the car comes with red and white lights.
Honda City Safety Features:
The safety features that the car offered also remains more or less the same, but now side airbags are also being offered with the new model, along with curtain airbags. This will bring up the total number of airbags in the car to 6, when earlier there were only 2. This has been introduced to protect the passengers in case of a side impact. The car also comes with a Vehicle Stability Assist or VSA.
The ABS and EBD are the same across all variants. The car also comes with ISOFIX, engine immobilizer and rear windshield defogger. The Honda ACE body structure makes it a much sturdier car than its predecessor.
Honda City Additional Features:
One of the most distinctive features that the new car gets is the sunroof because it is the only car in its segment to have received such a feature. The electric sunroof comes with a one-touch open and close feature and it might get an anti-pinch feature which will prevent it from shutting properly when an obstacle is in its way. Automatic rain sensing wipers are now available and the headlights come with auto timers as well.
A multi-angle rearview camera has also been introduced. Alongside, soft touch leather at the dashboard offers a hint of luxury. There is also a revised design for the piano- black finish centre console, which is pretty much the highlight of the car interior. However, since the dimensions of the car remain the same, there have been no changes in the size or the height of the seats or the seating arrangement. The rear, however, gets two AC vents.
It can be said the facelift of the Honda City makes it a much more premium car. It has to be kept in mind that the upgrades are not the same around the world, so the models that had been revealed in Thailand and the Philippines looks slightly different from the model released in India. The price of the new 2017 City is definitely higher with the top end ZX variant priced around Rs.13.57 lakh.
New Generation Honda City Features:
|All-new grille with slimmer chrome strip|
|Headlamp cluster features a different design|
|LED DRLs, headlights, tail lights and fog lamps|
|New Fog lamp housing|
|New Boot lid spoiler|
|New 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels (ZX Variant)|
|1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine with 117bhp/ 145Nm of torque|
|1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine churning out 99bhp/ 200Nm of torque|
|5-speed manual and CVT automatic gearbox for the petrol|
|6-speed manual gearbox for the diesel|
|Diesel misses out on the CVT automatic gearbox|
For the users who opt for the new Honda City, there aren’t many changes that they need to bring about in the care and maintenance of the car but they need to be careful while tending to the infotainment system and the screen.
The car is definitely received a new and more modern look and the brand is also trying to upgrade its customer care service so that the new buyers have no trouble tending to the new upgraded models.
The upgraded cars come with a range of technical enhancements and customer care and service centres are also being upgraded to cater to the issues that might arise in them in future.
Overall, the price hike of the cars is about Rs.60000/- on an average across all the models and those who only want the best will be willing to shell out the extra money.