Honda Car India is gearing up to revamp country’s most popular sedan – Honda City which is expected to hit Indian market by early 2017. Pitted against rivals such as Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and the likes, the new facelift version is expected to carry cosmetic updates with no mechanical changes. The Japanese car maker will be introducing the mid-life facelift in order to strengthen its hold in the segment. As per the recent market reports, it is believed that Honda City facelift will sport a soft touch dashboard for enhancing the overall quality of the sedan. This new inclusion is anticipated to proffer an upper hand compared to its rivals. Honda Car India introduced the current model in the country approximately three years ago which has done its job fairly well. Also Read: Top 5 Honda cars to launch in 2016-17
The new facelift version of Honda City will show some resemblance to the current model. At the upfront, the new facelift will carry Accord inspired nose and chin, thick chrome band across the grille, all new bumper, wider air dams, bigger fog lamps and all-new projector headlamps. At the rear, the sedan will sport redesigned bumper along with all-new LED tail light cluster.
Major upgrade will be seen on the inside as the sedan will be equipped with all-new touch-screen infotainment system which will be compatible with Android Auto and Mobile-Mirror feature which has been co-developed by Blaupunkt. Additional features which are likely to be seen on the top of the line variant are six airbags, sunroof and leather upholstery. The overall layout of the dashboard is believed to be all-black same as that of the current model. Also Read: Best Year End Discounts on Honda Cars 2016
Having said that the mechanical front of the facelift version will remain same, it will be powered by the same set of engines – 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine options. The petrol mill can easily develop 118 bhp @ 6600 rpm and 145 Nm @ 4600 rpm while the oil burner can easily churn out 99bhp @ 3600 rpm against the peak torque of 200Nm @ 1750 rpm. Transmission duties are expected to be carried out by 6-speed manual and CVT unit. Lastly coming to the price point, the upcoming Honda City sedan is expected to be priced in the range of INR 8 lakh – INR 13 lakh (ex-showroom) in the competitive mid-size sedan space.