2017 Honda City facelift has been making headlines ever since it was announced to be launching in the Indian market. Now, the new sedan has been spied in flesh during its TVC shoot, hinting that the launch is imminent. The India-spec facelifted model of City is quite identical to the Thai-spec version, which goes on sale from tomorrow (January 12, 2017) in Thailand. However, Honda Cars India haven't yet announced an official launch date, nor have teased the sedan on various soical media networks.
The 2017 Honda City's exterior styling is inspired from the new Civic sedan as it flaunts fresh LED headlamps with daytime running lights (DRLs). The front grille would be bigger than before with more chrome treatment. There would be a redesigned front bumper with fog lamps, while the sedan would ride on newly-designed 16-inch alloy wheels. The rear end gets a LED tail-lamp cluster with updates graphics and new boot-mounted spoiler, while the bumper is tweaked as well. The interior cabin is also expected to boast of a few updates in terms of upholstery and features. Honda City facelift would be challenging the likes of Hyundai Verna 4S, Maruti Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid in the Indian market.
Mechanically, the City facelift would continue to come with the same set of petrol and diesel engines. The gasoline variants would be powered by the same 1.5L 4-cylinder i-VTEC engine which generates top power of 118bhp at 6600rpm and peak torque of 145Nm at 4600rpm. Honda might replace the 5-speed manual transmission with the 6-speed gearbox, while the optional CVT gearbox would also be on offer. Coming to the diesel variants, they would come loaded with the same 1.5L 4-cylinder i-DTEC engine with maximum power of 99bhp. The new sedan is expected to be a bit expensive than the ongoing model due to added features. The prices could start at Rs. 8.5 Lakhs (Ex. Showroom).