The City brand from Hondas has enjoyed high sales and popularity ever since its launch in 1998 in the country. Other cars have come and gone and people’s buying pattern has also changed vastly over the years, but City has still managed to retain its appeal in the market. In fact the latest fourth generation City model, which was released last year with a diesel power train, has become the fastest sedan in India to reach the one lakh sales mark in just 15 months. Very smooth car body and parts, finest upholstery, nimble performance with high mileage and variousadvanced features are some of the reasons for its high appeal.
Honda City has always been a handsome car and its basic design has remained much same over the years, except for some minor cosmetic changes. The latest model gets a wider grille and a sharper bonnet with a heavy chrome strip. The front grille is flanked by the swept back headlights and the rear gets wrap around tail lights. The chrome garnish on the rear number plate further enhances the exterior appeal. Five spoke alloy wheels, power folding ORVMs with turn indicators, shark fin antenna and the plush electric sunroof are other significant exterior features seen on the new Honda City sedan.
Space and comfort are two big plus points that continues to impress the City loyalists over the years. The cabin gets a two tone black and beige colour scheme, comfortable and adjustable leather seats and a premium glossy dashboard with advanced driver interface. City is incorporated with advanced comfort features like automatic AC with rear vents, advanced audio system with LCD screen and speakers, steering mounted controls, hands free telephone controls, eco assist system, smart key, cruise control and many more. Vital safety features such as driver SRS airbag, ABS-EBD, immobilizer, driver side one touch up/down with pinch guard and auto door lock by speed makes the City one of the safest cars around.
The old petrol model runs on a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine that generates maximum power output of 119 PS at 6600 rpm along with top torque of 145 Nm at 4600 rpm. The newly released diesel variants are housed with Honda’s 1.5-litre, i-DTEC powertrain pumping out 100 PS at 3600 rpm and 200 Nm torque at 1750 rpm. A 6-speed manual transmission and a continuous variable transmission (SV and VX trims only) are available on the petrol range while the diesel variants are paired to a seven speed manual gearbox. The new City diesel with an impressive mileage of 26 kmpl is India’s most fuel efficient car in its segment.
The petrol variants of City costs around Rs 7.53-9.73 lakhs and the latest diesel models costs Rs 9.40-11.83 lakhs.