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Honda City [2008-2011] Overview

Finally, the much awaited sixth Generation ‘Honda City’ has been globally unveiled in New Delhi, India. The Honda officials also confirmed its launch for January 2014, while the pre-booking are already on. However, its price is yet to be announced. According to Honda, the company has achieved a remarkable growth of 88 percent in November 2013 and with an aim to expand its diesel car market, the Japanese auto major has now come up with the all new 2014 Honda City.
The Honda City is based on the company’s new design philosophy – the “EXCITING H DESIGN”, which has certainly helped this iconic sedan look even more stunning and upmarket than the outgoing version. The new design theory focuses on three factors, the “High Tech” that stands for a creative aspect, the “High Tension” that stands for stunning design and the “High Touch” that stands for the finely polished surface and texture. The length and width measurements remain same, but the height and wheelbase got an extension of 10mm and 50mm respectively. With all new and contemporary modifications, the new generation Honda City shares a great resemblance with its predecessor. The interior of the new City is bigger and sleeker than ever. Well equipped with various goodies, comfort and safety features, it scores higher grades in this department. The new touch screen air –con controls, stylish speedometer console, 5-inches LCD display, rear air-con vents, longer wheelbase and more leg-shoulder-head rooms add more to its elegance and comfort. The new 2014 Honda City will be available with 1.5-litre i-VTEC diesel engine, which does its duty to the Honda Amaze. Honda is more concerned about the fuel efficiency rather than the performance. And that has been the reason why the powertrian is tuned for better mileage. Though the company hasn’t disclosed the fuel efficiency figure of the car, we are expecting it to be as good as Honda Amaze. It will be mated with a 6 speed manual transmission. The power and torque figures are expected to enhance by 10-15 percent. The company also claimed that the petrol version of the next-generation Honda City will also come up with various significant changes. Just like its old version, the new petrol engine of the new City will be coupled with a five speed automatic transmission. The new Honda City is likely to be priced in the range of Rs.8 lakh to Rs.11.6-lakh.Honda City [2008-2011] Overview

Honda City [2008-2011] Exterior

Based on Honda’s new design theory – the “EXCITING H DESIGN”, the sixth Generation Honda City looks very stylish without losing its charm. Honda’s new design philosophy includes three factors namely, the “High Tech”, “High Tension” and “High Touch”, which can be translated as a creative spirit, stunning design and fine texture and surface polishing respectively. The front fascia is inspired from its predecessor, but new twin-barrel headlights, pronounced grille and edgy bumper mark distinction. The side profile looks good with bold lines running across its doors to the rear tail lamps with a little extension to the boot lid.
The length (4440mm) and width (1695mm) are same as its older version. However, the height and wheelbase are increased by 10mm and 50mm respectively. This makes it bigger and more spacious from inside. The build quality is excellent with improved 24 percent of rigidity than its elder sibling. However, the thinner 175/65 R15 size of tyres are disappointing. The new Honda City will be available in six attractive colors: Sparkling Brown Metallic, Urban Titanium Metallic, Bold Beige Metalli, Carnelian Red Pearl, Taffeta White and Alabaster Silver Metallic.Honda City [2008-2011] Exterior

Honda City [2008-2011] Interior

Honda precisely works on interiors of their cars. Making no mistake, the interior of the new Honda City looks upmarket and best in its segment. The dashboard is plain, but piano black finish on topside of the instrument panel looks very stylish. The steering wheel feels good to hold. However, a mesh finishing spoke resembles the Honda Civic.
The new Honda City comes loaded with various bells and whistles such as new touch screen air –con controls, stylish speedometer console, 5-inches LCD display, a sound audio system with 8 speakers, steering mounted controls, USB, Aux-in, Bluetooth and MP3 support, in-built hands-free telephony, 4 power plug-in for both rear and front seats, a sunroof, a climate control unit with additional rear air-con vents, cruise control, a rear parking camera, electric ORVMs, lots of storage options, longer wheelbase and more. The rich upholstery and well-cushioned seats are quite comfortable. The driver’s seat is height adjustable. There is a good legroom, shoulder room and head room. Its boot space (510-litre) is relatively larger compared to the old Honda City. The plastic quality is richer than before.Honda City [2008-2011] Interior

Honda City [2008-2011] Engine & Transmission

Finally, the new Honda City will be configured with the 1.5-litre, 4 cylinder, i-VTEC diesel engine, which is the same powering Honda Amaze. Designed especially for the Indian market, this engine will be more efficient and powerful. The torque figures are expected to rise by 10-15%. The Honda officials haven’t yet disclosed the power figure of its diesel version, but we are expecting it to be offer more power than the Amaze.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the new Honda City will be a surprising package. The VX MT diesel version will offer an excellent fuel economy of around 25kmpl. Whereas, its VX MT & VX AT petrol variants will deliver a mileage of 16.8kmpl and 15.kmpl respectively. The diesel engine will be coupled with a 6 speed manual transmission. The petrol version of the new 2014 Honda City will retain the old 1.5-litre, 4 cylinder, SOHC i-VTEC engine, but will be tuned for better fuel efficiency, power and torque figures. It will be emitting lesser CO2 emissions. The petrol engine will be mated with same five-speed manual and automatic transmission. The crispy gear shift quality of Honda can be expected from the new City too. There are no official details on acceleration and pick-up performance of the car, but it is expected to be decent. The overall engine weight will be reduced by plastic intake, whereas, the economy will be improved with the new valve timing and a double needle plug. With a purpose to improve the economy, the company will use an offset crankshaft, low viscosity oil and high swirl port for the new Honda City.

Honda City [2008-2011] Mileage

The new Honda City has been especially designed for the Indian market; therefore, fuel efficiency is an area that the company has worked really hard on. The new diesel engine of the City has been claimed to offer the best-in-class fuel economy. Its VX MT diesel version is expected to deliver an outstanding fuel economy of 25.8kmpl. On the other side, its petrol variants -VX MT & VX AT will offer a mileage of 16.8kmpl and 15kmpl respectively.

Honda City [2008-2011] Braking and Safety

The new Honda City will be equipped with front disc brakes with larger diameters and a new longer brake master cylinder. There are standard drum brakes for the rear wheels. The front grille, engine hood hinges and front windshield support provide protection against the collisions by absorbing the jerks or energy.
Along with this, the G-CON design reduces the collision impact around the passengers. The new 2014 Honda City will be loaded with various active and passive safety measures like ABS (Anti-lock braking system), EBD (Electronic brakeforce distribution), rear windshield defogger, pre-tension seat belts, active headrests, dual front SRS airbags along with the other standard features.Honda City [2008-2011] Braking and Safety

Honda City [2008-2011] Performance and Handling

The sixth Generation Honda City will be a fun to drive car both on city roads as well as highways. However, the 175/65 R15 size of tyres may affect its ride quality. The fuel efficiency is the highlighted strength of the new engine, but the new City won’t disappoint in terms of handling and performance either. It will be equipped with robust suspension system enhancing the drivability of the car. The front and rear wheel brakes are McPherson struts and H-shape twist beam respectively. The brakes will be more powerful and confident to perform well in panic situations. The NVH levels are expected to be well-controlled as its old version.

What do we think about Honda City [2008-2011]?

The sixth generation Honda City will be one of the best looking cars in its segment. The elegant and well-designed dynamics reflect the premium appeal of the car. Its front fascia gives a clue of the old City, but still manages to look refreshing and young. The interior is quite comfortable, spacious and richer. Accessorized with good numbers of comfort and safety features, the new City marks a higher position in its class.
The new Honda City will share the diesel engine with the Amaze, but it is likely to be tuned for more power figures. Similarly, its petrol engine is also claimed to be tuned for better fuel efficiency and torque production. Its diesel version will offer an impressive fuel economy of 25.8kmpl. In terms of handling, ride quality and performance, the new Honda City will be a great deal to invest.

Honda City [2008-2011] Competitors

The closest competitor for the new Honda City will be Hyundai Verna, which has been already doing great in terms of sales. The new 2014 Honda City comes with the significant cosmetic changes, but still maintains its conventional elegance. The Hyundai Verna is first fluidic design based car from the company that appeals with its premium and sporty looks.
The Hyundai Verna’s interior is quite spacious and comfortable. The seats are well-cushioned, but the poor under thigh support of rear seat is really disappointing. Coming to the new Honda City, it has sleeker, richer and more spacious interior than the Verna. The premium upholstery and a good number of comfort and safety features make it an overall great package. The plastic quality is better compared to the Verna. Honda tuned the diesel engine for better fuel economy and performance. So, the new Honda City will deliver a fuel efficiency of around 25kmpl. On the other side, the Hyundai Verna with 1.6-litre VGT diesel engine produces a good amount of torque, but there is significant turbo lag too. In terms of fuel economy, the Verna delivers relatively lesser mileage of 22.32kmpl. The suspension system of the Verna gets lazy at high speed. Whereas, the new Honda will be boosted with more powerful suspension system that will bring a great driving experience both on highways and bumpy roads. In terms of handling and driving dynamics, the new 2014 Honda City will definitely score higher than the Verna. The competitive pricing makes both the sedans strong rivals, the Hyundai Verna is available in price range of Rs.7.52-lakh to Rs.11.90-lakh (ex-showroom). However, Honda hasn’t yet announced the pricing of the new Honda City, but it is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 8-12 lakh.

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