First launched in 1998, the Honda City has been the most popular mid-segment sedan in India. Ever since its launch, the Indian automotive industry has seen four generations of the Honda City and all the four versions have had a strong sway over the Indian buyers. The latest Honda City was launched in early 2014 and ever since has managed to achieve a continuous spot in the top 10-best selling cars list. With the new generation Honda City, the Japanese automaker also brought in its first diesel engine that has made Honda City the second most fuel efficient sedan in India.
Honda City Exterior:
The exterior design and look of the 2015 Honda City to an extent largely resembles the previous generation model. While the overall structure remains the same, you’ll see some considerable cosmetic upgrade made to the front fascia. Unlike the previous model’s three-slat horizontal grille, the new Honda City comes with a wide U shaped single-slat chrome grille and the Honda logo at the centre. You’ll also see a set of new sharper headlamps with turn indicators. The new sporty front bumper gives an aggressive stance to the sedan, while perfectly housing the new airdam and round fog lamps on both sides.
Going towards the rear you’ll notice that the car still carries similar body accenting lines as the older model, but now sports a different set of alloys. The rear section on the other hand comes with a number of new cosmetic additions like a sharper redesign boot lid with single chrome slat above the number plate, brand new two-piece tail lamp cluster and well-moulded rear bumper with reflectors.
Honda City Interiors:
Honda has always been known to offers good quality premium interiors in its cars, especially the Honda City and the legacy continues with the new gen model as well. The inside of the car looks quite similar to the previous model except for some minor tweaks, like redesigned dashboards and door panels in dual tone colours. The new Honda City offers very similar upholstery with same design and colour pattern.
The three-spoke multi-functional steering has also been retained along with the company’s latest AVN system with 15.7cm touchscreen display, which is found in almost all of the company's products. It supports Bluetooth connectivity, satellite navigation, CD/DVD playback and it also has display for its rear view camera. Additionally the car also offers features like on-board information, rear AC vent, passenger airbag, cruise control, Sunroof, leather seats, push button stop/start and more.
Honda City Engine Specifications:
As mentioned earlier Honda introduced its first diesel engine for the Indian market with the new City sedan. The new 1.5-litre i-DTEC oil burner churns out 100 PS of max power and 200 Nm of peak torque offers a striking mileage of 26 kmpl. The diesel variant comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox sending power to the front wheels. At the same time Honda also offers its popular 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engine producing 118.9 PS of peak power and 145 Nm of peak torque, which comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and a 5-speed automatic CVT gearbox, each offering a fuel efficiency of 17.8 kmpl and 18 kmpl respectively.
Honda City Price and Competition:
In India the new Honda City is priced at INR 7.6 lakh for the base variant that goes up to INR 11.9 lakh for the top-of-the-line variant. Currently the car competes with the likes of Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Skoda Rapid.