Honda Cars India will launch the facelifted City on 14th February 2017 and the company has already started accepting the booking of the sedan. Before the launch, the new Honda City brochure has leaked which suggests that the sedan will receive cosmetic updates along with new features. These would include LED headlamps with LED fog lamps on the higher variants and the ZX variant would get LED tail lamps as well. Other additions would include a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink connectivity as well as Wifi and Internet.
According to the leaked brochure, the facelifted Honda City will carry the same engine options that are seen on the current generation of the sedan. It will be powered by a 1.5 litre petrol and a 1.5 diesel engine. The 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine delivers 117 hp of power and 145 Nm of torque, while the 1.5 litre i-DTEC units produces 99 hp and 200 Nm. Similar to the current generation, the petrol engine is expected to be paired to a 5-speed manual and a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) automatic transmission with paddle shifters and the diesel variants should get a 6-speed manual gearbox. The facelifted version will be available in five trims, S, SV, V, VX and ZX. The base variant S will be offered in petrol unit and V & VX gets manual and CVT transmission with petrol motor and the ZX variant gets the CVT transmission
On the outside, the two top end variants, VX and ZX will get LED headlamps with LED fog lamps, 16-inch diamond cut alloys and electric sunroof. The middle variant V will have15-inch alloy wheel, while the lower variant S and SV will get full wheel cap covers. The top end ZX trim will also feature LED tail lights, a boot lid mounted spoiler with LED stop lamp and LED lights for the rear license plate illumination. The LED DRLs will be standard across the range.
Inside the cabin, the 2017 Honda City two lower trim S and SV get features LCD infotainment system with 4 speakers. The V, VX and ZX will get features such as 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with 4 speakers and 4 tweeters, 1.5 GB media memory, mirror link smartphone connectivity, voice recognition and a rear-view camera. In addition, the VX and ZX will get leather seat upholstery and leather armrests, door lining, steering wheel and gear lever, while the top end ZX trim gets more features such as automatic headlamps, automatic wipers and LED cabin lights.
In terms of safety, the facelifted Honda City will be equipped with ABS with EBD, dual airbags, engine immobiliser and ISOFIX child seat mounts which will be standard across all models. The SV, V, VX and ZX trim will feature cruise control, while the top end ZX trim will get 6 airbags, driver passenger and side & curtains airbags.
The 2017 Honda City is expected to be priced between Rs 8.50 lakh and Rs 13.50 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. When launched, the new Honda City will compete with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid and the Volkswagen Vento. The facelifted Honda City will be available with five colour options: White Orchid Pearl, Carnelian Red Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Golden Brown Metallic and Alabaster Silver Metallic.