After giving nip and tuck to Amaze and Brio this year, Honda Car India is reportedly working on to launch a facelifted version of its best seller, City. The new City is expected to enter the market in early 2017. It will feature a design shift in line with the Honda Greiz sedan sold in China.
Greiz is based on the current generation of the City sedan and features slightly tweaked styling. The facelift version in the works has been codenamed 2GC and the updates are expected to concentrate on cosmetic appeal, while the powertrains will be unchanged.
The thick horizontal slat grille that is a part of the new design language of Honda will be left untouched in the facelift, though it may get a dark colour treatment. The grille and the newly-designed headlamps will have a more integrated layout. The front and rear bumpers will be tweaked while the rear of the facelift is expected to sport C-shaped tail lamps.
The interior of the new City will boast of a 15.7cm touchscreen, an automatic climate control system, audio and handsfree telephone controls, paddle shift, cruise control, electric sunroof and a sat-nav system. On the 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 same 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines in the current model will be carried over in new model as well. The 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine develops 117bhp and 145Nm of torque mated to five-speed manual and CVT gearboxes. The 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine develops 99bhp and 200Nm of torque mated to six-speed manual transmission.