Prices of the 2017 Honda City facelift start from Rs 8.49 lakh for the base variant, and go up to Rs 13.56 lakh for the top-spec model.
Based on Honda’s ‘Exciting H Design’ philosophy, the 2017 Honda City facelift shares several design bits with the new Civic and Accord.
Launched a month back, the new Honda City 2017 facelift has been performing well in the Indian market. And proof of that lies in the fact that the sedan has received over 14,000 pre-orders so far. Speaking on the sideline of the Honda WR-V launch, Yoichiro Ueno, President and CEO of Honda Cars India revealed that the new City raked up bookings since the company begun accepting pre-orders from 3rd February. On contrary to the company’s expectations, over 40% orders are coming for top-ranging ZX trim that costs Rs 13.52 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). This fully-loaded City variant is around Rs 3 lakh more expensive than its closest rival – Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
Commenting on the same, Ueno said, “Last month we launched the City and we added a top variant (ZX). We thought the sales of this variant will be small; however, it’s exceeding over 40 per cent of the total bookings. So, this shows if the product is good, customers are ready to pay extra.”
Priced between Rs 8.49 lakh to Rs 13.56 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the new Honda City 2017 has received styling updates inspired by new Accord and Civic along with a range of new features. The sedan’s new model, additionally, gets LED DRLs, dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, engine immobiliser and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard fitments. Features such as a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation, push button start/stop, leather seats and electronic sunroof are exclusively offered on the top-of-the-line trim.
Mechanically, the 2017 Honda City continues to carry the same 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. However, Honda has addressed the diesel NVH levels issue with the new model. One must note that the base S trim is available with petrol option only. For transmission choices, the facelifted City gets a manual and a CVT. Besides aforementioned updates, Honda has also rearragned the variant line-up, by dropping the entry level E and the range topping VX (O) trims from the carline. Instead of these two trims, the company has added the new S MT base trim and the top-spec ZX CVT variant to the lineup. That said the new City carline is now available in a total of 11 variants with two engines in manual and automatic options.
Furthermore, Honda is also offering three accessory packages for personalization and a three year warranty that can be extended further at additional cost. The company is also offering a 5 year roadside assistance on the new City. In the C-segment sedan space, the City faces sturdy competition from Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz primarily. While Hyundai Verna is set to propel into a new generation, Maruti is prepping to roll out facelifted Ciaz by April this year. Hence, it was the right time for City to undergo a facelift. Just so you know, Honda City has had a long run in the country (since 1998) with around 6.5 lakh sold during its long product cycle.
|Petrol Variants||Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|S MT||Rs 8.49 lakh|
|SV MT||Rs 9.53 lakh|
|V MT||Rs 9.99 lakh|
|VX MT||Rs 11.64 lakh|
|V CVT||Rs 11.53 lakh|
|VX CVT||Rs 12.84 lakh|
|ZX CVT||Rs 13.52 lakh|
|Diesel Variants||Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|SV MT||Rs 10.75 lakh|
|V MT||Rs 11.55 lakh|
|VX MT||Rs 12.86 lakh|
|ZX MT||Rs 13.56 lakh|
While the previous generation City was revised with comprehensive cosmetic updates and a new diesel engine, this time around changes not copious. Though, the saloon has received aesthetic upgrades, new equipment and superficial mechanical changes. This results the new City price to fall in the vicinity of Rs 8.49 lakh to Rs 13.52 lakh for the petrol range. On the other hand, the diesel City comes within the range of Rs 10.75 to Rs 13.56 (all prices are ex-showroom, New Delhi). Check Out: Picture Gallery of Upcoming Honda Cars in India
|Engine||1.5-litre, 4-cylinder i-DTEC Diesel|
|Maximum Power||99bhp @ 3600rpm|
|Maximum Torque||200Nm @ 1750rpm|
|Engine||1.5-litre, 4-cylinder i-VTEC Petrol|
|Maximum Power||118bhp @ 6600rpm|
|Maximum Torque||145Nm @ 4600rpm|
|Transmission||5-speed Manual & CVT|
Under the hood, the new Honda City retains the old 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engines. While the former can develop a peak power of 118bhp at 6,600rpm and 145Nm of torque at 4,600rpm, the latter one makes 99bhp at 3,600rpm against 200Nm of torque at 1,750rpm. The diesel variants are paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox, and the petrol trims can be brought either with a 5-speed manual unit or an advanced CVT with 7-speed paddle shifters.
|Petrol Model||17.4kmpl (MT) & 18kmpl (CVT)|
Since the new City continues using the same engine lineup, there isn’t much change in the fuel efficiency. The mileage for the manual petrol variants in the line-up is rated at 17.4kmpl whereas the petrol CVT grades are claimed to return 18kmpl. The diesel version is the most frugal of all variants with the fuel economy rated at 25.6kmpl making it one of the most fuel efficient cars in its league. Read – Honda Avancier SUV’s Specifications Revealed
S – Dual SRS front airbags, ABS with EBD, Integrated LED DRLs, front signature chrome grille, integrated audio with Bluetooth hands-free, 4 door speakers sound system, keyless entry with Jack-Knife key, body colour doors/handles/mirrors, power adjustable door mirrors, power windows, driver auto Up/Down, tilt steering adjustment, front map lamps, rear windshield defogger, rear seats ISOFIX compatible.
SV (Over S) – Automatic AC with touch control panel, rear AC vents, shark fin antenna, cruise control, power folding door mirrors + side turn indicators, premium piano black dashboard panel, advanced 3-ring 3D combinmeter, Eco assist ambient rings, auto door locking and unlocking, driver seat height adjuster, front and rear armrest, steering audio and hands-free switch, inside door handles, AC knobs chrome and trunk lid lining cover.
V (Over SV) – 7-inch advanced touchscreen, R15 diamond cut alloys, engine one-push start/stop button, Honda smart key system, multi view rear camera with guidelines, front halogen fog lights, automatic folding door mirrors, outer door handles chrome, 8 speakers + tweeters sound system, voice recognition with steering switch and rear accessory charging port.
VX (Over V) – One-touch electric sunroof, advanced inline LED headlamps, front LED fog lights, R16 diamond cut alloys, premium leather interior package, assistant dashboard soft touch pad, telescopic steering adjustment, frameless auto dimming inside mirror and rear reading lamps.
ZX (Over VX) – Side and curtain airbags, LED rear combi with light guides, trunk lid spoiler with LED stop-lamp, rear license plate LED lamps, automatic headlights control with light sensor, automatic headlight off by timer, automatic rain sensing wipers, rear adjustable head restraints, premium LED map lamps and premium LED rear reading lamps.
The 2017 City model is being offered in five exterior shades – Modern Steel Metallic, Carnelian red Pearl, White Orchid Pearl, Golden Brown Metallic and Albaster Silver Metallic.
The 2017 Honda City facelift primarily challenges Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna. The tug of the war for the top spot in the mid-size sedan segment will continue between the three cars as the Verna prepares to enter into the next generation and the facelifted Ciaz is due for April 2017. Other than these two model, City also rivals Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento in this space.
Designed on Honda’s ‘Exciting H Design’ philosophy, the new City is based on the grand concept of ‘Advanced, Energetic and Smart’. The sedan receives subtle design updates, especially at the front fascia. Wearing a new bolder grille with a thick chrome strip, larger air-dams, redesigned LED headlamp cluster with integrated LED DRLs, LED fog lamp enclosures and reworked bumper with 3-part intake, the face of the car looks quite refreshing.
The V trim comes fitted with 15-inch diamond cut alloy wheels, while the VX and ZX trims are available with 16-inch diamond cut alloys. Both the alloy wheels get dual-tone treatment for a sportier look. On the other hand, the base ‘S’ trim makes do with the steel rims with full wheel caps. View from the side remains unchanged, save for the first-in-segment auto folding door mirrors. As for the rear facet, it seems to have taken styling cues from the new Civic sedan sporting wrap-around tail-lamps and new bumper inspired from the new Civic. In addition, the rear also comes with boot-mounted spoiler with integrated high mounted stop lamp.
As far as features are concerned, the new City brims with several advanced features as compared to rivals in the segment. Inside, it gets a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment digipad with turn-by-turn navigation in V, VX and ZX trims. Besides, the advanced infotainment system also comes with 1.5 GB media memory, 2-USB-in slots, satellite linked navigation, two-micro SD card slots, 1 HDMI-in slot, first-in segment MirrorLink smartphone connectivity and WiFi support for internet.
Additionally, it also packs the first-in-segment soft-touch dashboard on passenger side and new illumination in the advanced 3D multi-information meter. Other in-cabin tech on the sedan include Aux-in & Bluetooth support, 8 speakers audio system with CD player, climate control unit with AC vents in front and rear, five-inch LCD display, rear parking camera, power outlets at the rear seats, multimedia system, touch-panel with climate control system among several others. The splash of chrome around the rear-aircon vent knobs and steering switches makes the cabin more up-market.
With a refreshing design, some new features and probably better NVH levels, the new Honda City 2017 could be a great choice for people looking for a mid-size sedan.