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!
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
Automatic Climate Control
Front and Rear AC Vents
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.
1.5-litre, 4-cylinder i-DTEC Diesel
99bhp @ 3600rpm
200Nm @ 1750rpm
1.5-litre, 4-cylinder i-VTEC Petrol
117bhp @ 6600rpm
145Nm @ 4600rpm
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.
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.
Rs 8.5 lakh
Rs 13 lakh
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