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The new City's design will be borrowed from the Greiz sedan that Honda sells in the Chinese market. Pictured: Honda Greizdongfeng-honda-greiz.com

It looks like the work on the facelifted avatar of Honda's popular sedan City is progressing at a rapid pace. The emerging reports suggest that the Honda facelift, which is codenamed 2GC, could reach the Indian shores in early 2017.

While it was reported earlier that the prototype of Honda City facelift, aka 2GC, has been sent to Japan for testing, a recent report of IndiacarNews says that the facellifted avatar of the sedan will be launched in India in January, 2017.

In the new avatar, the powertrain of the City sedan is likely to remain unchanged and will continue to be powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that develops 117bhp and 145Nm of torque mated to five-speed manual and CVT gearboxes, and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that can churn out 99bhp and 200Nm of torque mated to six-speed manual transmission.

The upcoming model of the City is expected to accommodate features such as 5.7cm touchscreen, an automatic climate control system, audio and hands-free telephone controls, paddle shift, cruise control, electric sunroof and satellite-navigation system. There will also be safety features such as ABS with EBD, rear parking sensor, anti-theft alarm, child safety locks, and front and side impact beams in the City facelift.

From the reports that are doing the rounds on the internet, while the overall styling of the model will remain untouched, the sedan will get new front grille and headlamps with re-worked rear bumper. The new City's design will be borrowed from the Crider sedan and Greiz, which are in the Chinese market.

Meanwhile, the fourth-generation City sedan in India crossed sales of 2 lakh units recently. Launched in January 2014, the sedan's fourth-generation variant cumulatively registered sales of 200,098 units by the end of August.

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