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Video - 2017 Honda City Facelift - What to expect?

Video - 2017 Honda City Facelift - What to expect?

Snapshot: India's favourite mid-size sedan will get a makeover for the MY 2017 and we tell you exactly what to expect from the new Honda City.

Probably the most successful mid-size sedan to ever set its foot in India, the Honda City has managed to remain an industry leader and flag-bearer of Honda Cars for quite a some time now. But things are not the same anymore ever since India's largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki launched its very own Ciaz sedan to counter the lone battle Honda City was fighting.

Ever since its launch, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has been a hot favourite among the buyers too, and managed to outsell City for certain months last year. Ever if it was not outselling the City, Ciaz was taking away a large chunk of City's potential buyers. Honda has now decided to give a facelift to the popular sedan, which is slated to launch on 14th February, 2017.

Here’s what you can expect from the updated 2017 Honda City!

1. Exteriors

The 2017 Honda City is set to get a mild makeover in terms of the exterior design and as the images reveal, much of the design remains the same as the outgoing model, barring a few elements. At the front, the updated City gets a Civic-like nose and chin, a chrome line across the grille and extending all the way upto the headlights on both sides. The headlights' are also updated with a mildly restyled design and an addition of LED daytime running lamps.

The front air dam and fog lamp housings are tweaked a bit that sits nicely on the restyled bumper. The rear of the City gets a tailgate-mounted spoiler and redesigned tail-lamps with LED inserts. Expect a new set of diamond cut alloy wheels to adore the top trim. Overall, you will need a keener eye to differentiate the new City with the old one. But the minor changes do make it look sharper and sportier. The Honda City facelift is expected to get a new Blue paint as shown in the images, in addition to the existing colours.

2. Cabin and Features

The cabin of the updated Honda City largely remains the same, with few additions to the features list. The City gets all-black cabin like before, but with a newly designed leather upholstery to give it a more premium feeling. Some of the added features include an auto dimming interior mirror, 7-inch infotainment system with Android auto and voice recognition. Here's a list of the added features -

Rain sensing wipers

New infotainment system with Android Auto and a mobile mirror feature

Six airbags

Soft-touch dashboard.

Automatic Climate Control

Front and Rear AC Vents

Eight Speakers

CD/Aux-in/Bluetooth Compatibility

Rear Parking Sensors with Camera

Five-inch LCD Display

Rear Power Outlets

3. Engine and Mechanicals

The Honda City facelift will continue to be powered by the same set of engines as the outgoing model, which includes the 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. It's highly unlikely that the updated City will feature any mechanical changes for India, apart from a revised suspension, that will raise the City's ground clearance  by almost 10mm as compared to the current car.

Engine

1.5-litre, 4-cylinder i-DTEC Diesel

Maximum Power

99bhp @ 3600rpm

Maximum Torque

200Nm @ 1750rpm

Engine

1.5-litre, 4-cylinder i-VTEC Petrol

Maximum Power

117bhp @ 6600rpm

Maximum Torque

145Nm @ 4600rpm

Transmission

5-speed Manual & CVT

As for the engines, 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine will churn out 117 bhp of power and 145Nm of torque and will be mated to a five-speed manual and CVT gearboxes, while the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine will generate 99 bhp and 200Nm of torque and will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission. About the mileage numbers, it is expected to increase a bit as compared to the outgoing model, but don't expect anything extraordinary.  

Variant

Expected Mileage

Petrol Model

17kmpl

Diesel Model

26kmpl

4. Variants

It is being speculated that the updated Honda City will add the 'City ZX' badge to the upcoming MY2017 car. The ZX variant was previously seen in the second-gen Honda City in India, which happened to be the fourth-gen City internationally. Here's the speculative list of variants for the updated Honda City-

Honda City S - Manual only

Honda City SV - Manual only

Honda City V - Manual and CVT

Honda City VX - Manual and CVT

Honda City ZX - CVT only.

5. Price and Launch

The 2017 Honda City facelift will be launched in India on 14th February, 2017. The prices of the updated City are expected to be a little north than the current model, and the speculations suggest they can be as high as Rs 25,000 than the current model in the market. The Honda City will be stacked against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento in India.

Models

Expected Price

Base Model

Rs 8.5 lakh

Top Model

Rs 13 lakh

Keep a tab here for all the latest updates and launch event!

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