In a journey of 15 years in India, Honda City has become an icon with in the Indian market. Honda has seen some significant growth in India since past few years and the major chunk of the growth has come from the City before the diesel powered Amaze was launched.
The City entered the Asian market way back in 1996 and Indian market saw the car the entering the market in 1998. The First Generation City got the attention of most of the enthusiasts. The second generation model powered by i-DCI engine got most of the volumes for the Honda City in India. The third Generation City got the power from revolutionary i-Vtec engine and gained popularity like a rocket going towards sky!
The fourth Generation City is global model designed specifically for India. The new City, which closely follows on the Honda’s theme of “Man Maximum, Machine Minimum”, carries a lot of changes overall. The car look elegantly beautiful and Honda mentions the car as – “One Class Above” the other all other models in the segment. Since its inception in India, 4.3 lakh units of City have been sold and the sales figures speaks for themselves. The car has been one of the favorite mid-sized sedan in the Indian market. The new City has new sharp features which takes the car to another level visually.
The fascia of the car has been changed completely. The old slit grilles have been replaced by a good thick metal piece with shinning Honda emblem in the middle. The front headlamps now form a part of the grille and sweeps to the corners. The bumper of the car has been redesigned extensively and the air-scoops take the place just below the number plate. The fog lamps go into good looking housings, which are designed aerodynamically and gives an aggressive feel to the vehicle. From the side, good strong creases form the chunk of the vehicle. The upper crease starts from the A-Pillar and ends right at the tail-lamp, while the lower crease starts from the front wheel arch and ends at the rear wheel arch adding a masculine line to the vehicle.
The rear too has received a lot of changes. Honda brings back the split tail-lamps with the 4th Generation City and the rear looks elegant as ever. With the sunroof, shark-fin antenna and newly designed 5-spoke alloy wheels, the new Honda City is a looker for sure.
The interiors have been revamped by miles! With exterior dimensions to be same as the previous model, the new City is now higher by 10mm and the wheelbase, which stands at 2600mm is now longer by 50mm than the previous model, hence, more space inside the vehicle to play around. There is loads of space inside the vehicle. The interior look and feel of the car has been notched up with good quality plastic interiors and an all new floating type central console.
The new console has three pods with one being digital and shows all the relevant information like real time fuel efficiency, distance to empty and the likes. The console gets a brilliant blue illumination and makes the car look very futuristic. The quality of plastic has been increased too.
The most highlighted part of the Honda City are the engines! The i-DTEC diesel engine has been developed specially for Indian conditions and is based on the Honda’s revolutionary ‘Earth Dream Technology.’ Even though Honda did not reveal much about the engines, the 1.5l 4-Cylinder i-DTEC diesel engine would have one the best fuel efficiency in this segment. Honda has improved the 1.5L 4-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC petrol engine and with this model, this engine would provide best of both performance and fuel economy.
Honda has done a lot of research to bring the new model and with the history behind the Honda cars, the new City will surely spark some flares in the market.