Honda City facelift India launch likely in January 2017
Honda City facelift India launch likely in January 2017. In picture: Honda GreizHonda

While it is an open secret that Japanese carmaker Honda is readying the facelifted avatar of the popular sedan the City for the Indian market, the company has not been vocal about the development of the new City so far. However, that does not stop the rumour mills from churning out news about the City facelift.

The rumours mills in India have been on a roll for the past couple of months about the City facelift and it is being speculated widely that the City facelift will draw inspiration from the Greiz sedan, which is sold in the Chinese market. Now the latest we hear is that this may not be true and TeamBHP reports that the City facelift, which is expected to be launched in India in early 2017, will take design cues from the new Civic and not the Greiz. 

Previous reports have said that while the silhouette of the current model remains the same in the City facelift, there would be several additional features both inside and outside. The City facelift is expected to get 5.7cm touchscreen, an automatic climate control system, audio and hands-free telephone controls, paddle shift, cruise control, automotive sunroof and satellite-navigation system.

As far as the engines are concerned, the City facelift is likely to get the same engine of the current model. Currently, the City comes powered by 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine that is tuned to churn out 117bhp and 145Nm of torque mated to five-speed manual and CVT gearboxes, and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine that can develop 99bhp and 200Nm of torque mated to six-speed manual transmission.

The City sedan in its new avatar is expected to come to the Indian market in January 2017.