Launched over a decade ago, the Honda City has always been the first choice of the end consumer and even after so many years, nothing has changed. In its sixth generation, the car is still a wonderful package and comes in as many as 14 variants in petrol as well as diesel which gives a plenty of option to the buyers to choose from.
However, the success story of the Honda City was not the same erstwhile as the non-availability of the diesel engine option hammered the sales of the company very badly. Over the time, things have changed drastically and as per the company, now the City is the largest selling car in its segment.
With the diesel engine, the Japanese automaker focused more on the fuel efficiency aspect. The diesel variant of this car gets a class-leading mileage of 26 km/l ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) certified. The new Honda city retains its overall silhouette, however, also boasts a host of changes to both exterior and interior as well!
New Honda City Exterior
The stunning design of its cars has always been a class leading factor of Honda and the City is no different story. The revised sedan is not a new product from ground up. In fact, it has been developed on the previous generation and changes take places in terms of aggressive, sharp and sporty design. It is based on the automaker's “Existing H Design” philosophy which is also expected to be seen on the brands forthcoming cars.
The latest iteration gets revised front grille displaying a single broad horizontal chrome slat and Honda's emblem sitting right in the center off it. This vehicles stunning design and premium appeal are further accentuated with elements for instance double barrel headlamps, front fog lamps, an electric rooftop, power folding ORVM (Outside Rear View Mirror) incorporated with turn indicators, swept back designed alloy wheels, shark fin antenna, a chrome garnish strip located on the boot above the license plate and wrap around tail lamps.
Up front, the bonnet has two vertical creases to channelize the air properly. Also, the creases on the side profile reduce the overall aerodynamic drag of the car. The overall length of this car remains same, however, the wheelbase is longer now – 2,600mm. While its dimensions stand at 4,440mm in length, 1,695mm in width and 1,495mm in height. It marks 165mm in ground clearance which is quite good for use in the city as well as the highway.
New Honda City Interior
On the inside, the layout is different to what we have been used to seeing the past. The cabin is very well laid out and quality has been improved. It now gets a beige and black colour scheme with leather upholstery in the top-of-the-line variant. Its comes installed with advanced features such as 15.7cm touchscreen, rear A/C vents, automatic climate control, eight speakers premium audio system, revised steering wheel with integrated auto connectivity, cruise control and phone controls.
Other noteworthy features include a Start/Stop button, privacy glass, optional seven-inch infotainment system and paddle shift. Since its wheelbase has been extended, the space on the inside is rather one of the highest in the segment. Three persons can sit abreast on the second bench easily. Headroom and knee room is generous. Also, the boot space has been increased by four litres than the previous variant. It now comes with a 510-litre thereby making it the largest boot in its category.
New Honda City Engine & Specifications
The latest avatar of the Honda City facelift retains the current petrol power plant line-up and comes with two sets of engines as well as transmission options. It is propelled by a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated i-VTEC mill that expels out 120 Bhp of maximum power output with 140Nm of peak torque. This engine is paired with a five-speed manual or a CVT gearbox. On the contrary, under the hood of the diesel fuelled car which was introduced this time around, there is a 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel unit that pushes out 100 Bhp and 220Nm of power and torque, respectively. Power is transmitted via a six-speed manual gearbox.
New Honda City Competition
With the arrival of sixth generation City, Honda put a huge dent on the sales of the Hyundai Verna which once used to be its closest nemesis. The car has helped the brand so much that the company has again aimed for the pole position in the country. The New Honda City rivals against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid, Nissan Scala and the Ford Fiesta.