Here’s a brief specs-based comparison between the new 2017 Honda City and the old Honda City.
Honda India has launched the new 2017 Honda City priced between Rs 8.49 lakh to Rs 13.56 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). In 2014, it took a leap into the 4th generation and reclaimed pinnacle in the segment, toppling arch rival Hyundai Verna. While this time, the changes are minor, the facelift version will sport a new face, taking cues from the new Accord and Civic out on sale in global markets.
Inside, the changes are minor with new in-cabin equipment including the new high-technology infotainment system. Underneath it retains the same hardware from the pre-facelifted model, although Honda has added new tech to address the noise , vibration and harshness (NVH) in the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. Sporting new safety equipment, the new City gets most of the primary features as standard across the range. The new Honda City carline is available with 11 variants with new S base variants and flagship ZX top-spec trim. To give it an edge over rivals, Honda has equipped few segment first features in the City like the auto folding door mirrors, soft-touch dashboard, Wi-Fi support for internet, Mirror Link for smart phone connectivity and new white illumination in the advanced3D multi-information meter.
Now that the new City has been launched, we bring the old model in the cross hairs of its facelift and bring you a specs-based comparison.
Styling changes on the new City are prominent on the outside with most of the updates made to the front. That said, the front chrome grille is bolder with a single chrome strip running across the headlamps. In addition, the headlamp cluster has also been redesigned featuring LED units with integrated LED DRLs, LED fog lamps and restyled bumper with 3-part intake. Side profile is largely the same, save for the new 16-inch alloy wheels.
As we move to the rear, changes are more prominent sporting Civic inspired redesigned rear bumper, new tail-lamps with LED inserts on the ZX trim and boot-mounted spoiler with integrated high mounted stop lamp.
The interior layout sports all-black colour scheme with gun metal trim on the dashboard. One of the most prominent changes to the cabin is the addition of the new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment digipad with turn-by-turn navigation in V, VX and ZX trims. Referred as the digipad, the new infotainment system comes with 1.5GB media memory, 2-USB-in slots, satellite linked navigation, two-micro SD card slots, 1 HDMI-in slot, segment first MirrorLink smartphone connectivity and Wifi support for internet.
In addition, it also gets segment first soft-touch dashboard on passenger side, new illumination in the advanced 3D multi-information meter, tilt & telescopic steering adjustment, fully auto-dimming inside rear-view mirror, new LED interior cabin lights, new white and red illumination for engine one push start-stop ignition system button. The new flagship ZX trim that sits at the top of the range sports adjustable head restraints at the rear.
The additional kit on the new City includes new single frame grille in front, LED fog lamps, new LED headlamps, LED DRLs, new 16-inch diamond cut dual-tone alloy wheels, redesigned rear bumper, new tail-lamps and boot-mounted spoiler. It also gets the segment first auto folding door mirrors, missing in rivals.
Inside the cabin it gets new 7-inch touchscreen digipad (in V,VX and ZX trims) with satellite-linked navigation, voice recognition, Bluetooth telephony, audio streaming, 1.5 GB internal memory, 2 USB-in slots, 2 microSD card slots and 1 HDMI-in slot. Additionally, the MirrorLink smartphone connectivity and Wifi support for internet, soft-touch dashboard on passenger side and new illumination in the advanced 3D multi-information meter are few of the segment first features packed inside. As for the safety provisions, new City gets primary safety provisions like the dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, 3-pont ELR seat belts with pretensioners & load limiters, impact mitigating front head rest system, pedestrian injry mitigation technology, ISOFIX compatible rear seats and rear windshield defogger as standard across variants.
In addition to the above-mentioned features, the top-spec ZX also gets trim best-in-class six airbags including dual front-bags, side-bags & curtain-bags. Besides, it also sports automatic headlights, headlamp auto-off timer and automatic rain-sensing wipers.
Under the skin, the Honda City facelift will remain unchanged, deriving power from the same 1.5 litre units in petrol and diesel fuel options. The 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engine delivers a peak power of 117bhp and 146Nm of torque, whereas the diesel unit produces 99bhp and 200Nm of torque. In a bid to reduce noise and vibrations in the diesel engine, Honda has added new sound-deadening tech to the City sedan. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual unit on the petrol version and a six-speed manual gearbox on the diesel model. Additionally, there is a CVT with 7-speed paddle shifters, available on select petrol variants.
There has been no change in the fuel economy, since the new City has inherited its engine set up from the preceding model. Therefore, the mileage for the petrol manual variant and CVT trims remain unchanged at 17.4kmpl and 18kmpl respectively. Similarly, the diesel variants continue to deliver 25.6kmpl as in the previous model. The only change made to the oil burner is the NVH levels for improved ride quality with lesser noise and vibrations.
The Honda City facelift with sportier exterior changes, new in-cabin equipment, additional safety features, accessory package and improved NVH levels has undergone a price hike with the range starting at Rs 8.49 lakh and going up to Rs 13.56 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the top-spec ZX trim. In comparison to the preceding model which retailed at Rs 8.02 lakh (base variant), the new City is pricier.