Honda Cars India's workhorse, the City sedan, is reportedly being prepared for a facelift, and the new vehicle will be displayed at the Auto Expo 2016 in February. Honda Cars India launched the sixth generation of the popular sedan in 2013. The facelift after three years is expected to be more cosmetic and powertrains are expected to remain the same.
A report from Gaadiwaadi.com indicates the new City will be inspired by the Crider sedan available in the Chinese market. The thick horizontal slat at the grille which is part of new design language of Honda will be untouched in the facelift while the headlamps and bumpers will be tweaked in line with the design of Honda Jazz hatchback. The rear of the facelift is expected to sport C-shaped tail lamps and the reverse light and indicators are placed in the middle.
The interior will feature 15.7cm touchscreen, automatic climate control system, audio and handsfree telephone controls, paddle shift, cruise control, electric sunroof and sat-nav system. On safety front the facelift is expected to feature ABS with EBD, rear parking sensor, anti-theft alarm, child safety locks and front and side impact beams.
The City facelift will carry over the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that develops 117bhp and 145Nm of torque mated to five-speed manual and CVT gearbox. The 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine develops 99bhp and 200Nm of torque mated to six-speed manual transmission.
The current City models are retailed at Rs 8-13 lakh, and the facelift is expected to make the car pricier by Rs 20,000-25,000.