Japanese auto-maker Honda is reportedly planning to roll out six-speed manual gearbox to its best selling sedan -- the City. According to a report by Zigwheels, Honda City petrol version is likely to get six-speed manual gearbox in India soon.
The City, with new six-speed manual gearbox, is likely to be launched during the festive season this year. If this is true, the City would be the first petrol sedan in its segment to feature six-speed manual gearbox. Honda's newly launched BR-V already has this feature. However, other sedans in this segment including Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid come with five-speed manual gearbox.
The petrol version of the City sedan packs a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine, which churns out a power of 118bhp at 6600rpm and 145 Nm torque at 4600rpm. The diesel variant comes with a 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine, which is also used in the Honda Amaze. It is mated with a six-speed manual transmission and pumps in 99bhp power at 3600 rpm and 200Nm torque at 1750 rpm.
Meanwhile, it was also being reported that Honda is currently working on a facelift avatar of the City, which would come to the market in 2017. In the new avatar, the changes are mainly likely to be in the form of visual modifications and is expected to feature 15.7cm touchscreen, an automatic climate control system, audio and handsfree telephone controls, paddle shift, cruise control, electric sunroof and a sat-nav system.