Honda Cars India Limited has now officially confirmed that the fourth-generation Honda City will continue to be manufactured and retailed in India. While the fifth-generation Honda City has been launched in the Indian market, Honda will continue to sell the older model as a value offering. When the auto industry transitioned to BS6 emission standards in April 2020, Honda had upgraded the fourth-generation City to BS6 standards, but only for the petrol model while the new model was on its way. The news was already out, but Honda has now officially confirmed that both models of the City will be available in tandem to each other in the Indian market.
The fourth-generation Honda City is available with the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine mated to a manual transmission. Till date, the fourth-gen City was sold in three variants – SV, V, ZX. Honda has now dropped the ZX trim in the old City and slashed the prices of the remaining two variants. The 4th-Gen Honda City ‘SV’ trim was earlier priced at Rs 9.91 lakh while the ‘V’ trim was priced at Rs 10.6 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Now the old City in the ‘SV’ trim has a new and lower price tag of Rs 9.29 lakh while the higher ‘V’ trim is priced at Rs 9.99 lakh. Since the fourth-generation model of the Honda City was launched in January 2014, Honda has been able to sell over 3.5 lakh units of the sedan in India.
However, the fifth-generation of the all-new Honda City will continue to be priced the same as before, offered in three variants— Petrol Manual, Petrol CVT and Diesel Manual, all of which are available in three grades — V, VX and ZX. The 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine is a reworked version of the older unit now using a DOHC set up in its BS6 guise. This engine does duty in both versions of the Honda City on sale in India. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on both, the new City also offers the option of a or 7-step CVT. While the 1.5-litre turbo diesel is identical to the older unit offered in the new City, it has been discontinued in the fourth-gen City entirely.
The mid-size sedan market in India is split between the Rs 10 lakh mark. The fourth-generation Honda City will rival directly against the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz along with the more affordable versions of the Skoda Rapid. While the new-gen Honda City will rival the new Hyundai Verna and the higher-spec premium versions of the Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid.
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