Honda Launches The New City In India

In addition to design tweaks, the sedan gains new features, more variants and a new colour but ditches diesel.

The fifth-gen Honda City has been on sale in India since July 2020. Its strong-hybrid derivative, the e:HEV, joined the party in May last year. However, Honda felt that things needed a lift. And with the stricter emission norms coming into effect from April 2023, the carmaker had to tweak the powertrain to comply. All that, plus the compatibility with E20-type fuel (gasoline mixed with 20 per cent ethanol), have come together to create what we see here. It’s the refreshed and upgraded Honda City. And before diving into the details, check out the price list:

There’s no diesel anymore. Why? Well, diesel isn’t the preferred fuel choice for Honda City buyers anymore. And because of that, Honda didn’t think it would spend the time, effort and money to upgrade the diesel engine to meet the BS6 2.0 emission norms. But there’s good news for buyers regarding the variants list. The petrol-powered City now has a new base variant SV, although it isn’t available with the CVT. Similarly, the City e:HEV also gains a new V derivative that undercuts the range-topping ZX.

Design-wise, the City flaunts a new front grille with restyled front and rear bumpers and 16-inch alloy wheels. The sedan also gains a new colour – Obsidian Blue Pearl. Besides those cosmetic tweaks, the sedan gains several additions in the technology department. Leading from the front is the addition of Honda Sensing. This introduces an array of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), including Collision Mitigation Braking, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Keep Assist, auto high-beam and adaptive cruise control. This package is available with the petrol-powered variants and is part of the standard kit in both e:HEV variants.

And there’s more. The Honda City Facelift supports wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while the infotainment system has been updated with a new background and colours. Honda has also upgraded the rear-view camera and added rain-sensing wipers and a wireless mobile charger. The car also comes with ambient lighting in the front section of the cabin. The hybrid variants feature elements finished with a carbon fibre pattern and Piano Black garnish on the AC vents and steering wheel.

Coming to the engines, the petrol-only City comes with a 1.5-litre NA engine that offers 121hp/145Nm. By default, it comes coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission. However, the option of a CVT is also available. With the former in the equation, the claimed mileage is 17.8kmpl. That improves to 18.4kmpl with the two-pedal setup. The City e:HEV, on the other hand, comprises a 1.5-litre petrol engine, an electric motor and an e-CVT. This powertrain offers 126hp/253Nm. Honda claims a maximum mileage of 27.13kmpl.

The standard warranty is 3 years/unlimited km. While Extended Warranty packages increase the cover up to 5 years, Honda’s Anytime Warranty takes that up to 10 years from the date of purchase. As for the lithium-ion battery in the e:HEV variants, that’s covered for 8 years/1,60,000km.

The revised Honda City range will rival the Skoda Slavia, Volkswagen Virtus and the upcoming all-new Hyundai Verna in the Indian market.

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