The Honda City is doing well in the Indian market ever since its launch in 1998; with the unveiling of the fourth generation Honda City, it will do well in the future as well. This sedan, based on the innovative H design, was unveiled globally in New Delhi in November 2013. The altered car was launched in January 2014. Introduced with an array of new features, the new Honda City is going to be a leader on the Indian roads.
The new sedan can carry five passengers. It has a power steering for smooth driving. The new Honda City comes with three different gearboxes – five-speed manual FWD, five-speed automatic FWD and six-speed manual FWD gearboxes. The engines come in both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol engine has 1497 cc with a power of 6600 RPM at the rate of 117 bhp. The diesel engine has 1498 cc with a power of 3600 RPM at the rate of 99 bhp. While the petrol engine gives a mileage of 18 kmpl, the diesel engine gives about 26 kmpl of fuel economy.
The car looks sporty and stylish from outside. The changes are mainly on the front and rear profile of the vehicle as far as the exterior is concerned. The easily noticed change is the two-part layout of the tail lamps. The car looks tall from behind.
The interior of the revised version is more or less the same as that of the current Honda City. The notable difference is the large steering wheel with more control buttons for the audio, phone and cruise control systems. The centre console has charging points, a five-inch touch screen LCD as well as a climate control touch screen. The top variant has a sun roof. An airbag for the driver seat, ABS and EBD are the safety features that come as standard for all the variants of this vehicle.
There are more number of airbags and a lot more features in the higher variants of the car. There is an increase in the leg space and headroom inside the revised model. Honda City can boast of a large boot space, which is considered to be the largest in this segment.
The new Honda City is a tough competitor for cars like the Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Ford Fiesta, Skoda Rapid, Nissan Scala and the next generation of Maruti SX4.
This revamped sedan from the stables of Honda is definitely going to remain a favourite on the Indian roads due to its fuel efficiency and engine quality. The price tag of the new Honda City is between 7.42 and 11.10 lakhs Indian rupees.