To redefine it’s own identity in the respective segment, the much-awaited Honda City facelift has been finally launched. Yes, 2017 Honda City facelift has landed in India at a starting price of Rs 8,49,990 (ex-showroom, Delhi). This was the much-needed update for the sedan, as the competition was getting intense day by day. This is the first major facelift since the current generation launch in India.
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The 2017 Honda City facelift gets a completely refreshed front fascia with a new smart grille, restyled headlamp cluster and LED DRLs. Even the front bumper has got a new shape and fog lights are now integrated with LEDs. The rear profile of the City is not changed much but, the introduction of LED tail lamps and LED strip on the spoiler.
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One of the highlighting features of the cabin is a new 7-inch touchscreen audio-visual, Android-based interface navigation system, with 2 USB and microSD slots. Features like automatic headlamps, auto on-off headlamps and automatic rain-sensing wipers are also included in the new City. The safety features include airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX mounts for child seats as standard. However, the top-end variant gets six airbags.
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Under the hood, the 2017 Honda City gets the option of either a 1.5-litre petrol or 1.5-litre diesel engines. The maximum power for petrol measures 117 hp while for diesel, it is 98.6 hp. The peak torque reads 145 Nm and 200 Nm respectively. Just like the previous version, the petrol version will be also offered with CVT option. With the facelift, Honda has failed to manage higher fuel economy numbers and the new figures are 25.6 kmpl for diesel manual and 17.4 kmpl for petrol. Whereas, the petrol CVT is expected to return a mileage of 18 kmpl.
Honda has also offered new packages – Chrome, Utility and Style that are oriented towards improving the customization aspects of the 2017 City. The new City will take on the likes of Skoda Rapid, Maruti-Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, and Volkswagen Vento. Let’s see how the 2017 Honda City performs in the Indian market.