Honda has officially launched the 5th generation of its consumer favourite: the City. Like most launches that were meant for earlier this year, this too was delayed in light of COVID-19. The sedan is avilable in 3 trims and comes with three different engine-gearbox options. With a starting price of ₹10.90 lakhs and upgrades to make it BS6 compliant (diesel motor adapted from previous generation), this modest-bad boy is ready to cruise through the city streets- no pun intended.
More space, you say?
The new Honda City is both wider and longer. As opposed to the previous one, 109mm longer and 53mm wider to be exact. The measurements now stand at 4,549mm in length and 1,748mm in width which is an increase, though the height is reduced by a small fraction to 1,489mm ( previously 1,495mm). Its also got a pretty decent boot space of 506 litres.
How’s that engine looking?
The new petrol engine seems to be causing a lot of uproar- and I’m not just talking about the sound it makes. This little 1,498cc machine is able to output 121hp and 145 Nm of torque. It uses a double overhead camshaft (DOHC) setup, providing for better valve lift compared to the predecessor’s SOHC. The petrol comes with a 6-speed manual and a CVT auto gearbox option. The 1.5 litre diesel on the other hand outputs 100 hp and 200nm at 1750rpm.
Lotta new tech stuff with Alexa remote capability (India’s first ), Android Auto, and the Honda Connect Telematics System. It also comes with an electric sunroof, keyless entry, engine start/stop button and automatic climate control.
Safety features include ABS with EBD, brake assist, vehicle stability assist, tyre pressure monitoring system, Honda’s all new LaneWatch camera, hill-start assist and the common rear parking camera.
Like most OEM’s , Honda’s sales too were effected by the ongoing epidemic. They saw as much as an 86% change in that period when compared to last year. Though with easing of restrictions, all fingers are crossed. Being the only other mid-size sedan currently in the market that offers diesel as well, the City will have to out-perform Hyundai’s Verna. Not to mention the Maruti Ciaz and Tata Tigor which are also running the race.
The sedan is more than capable of holding out its own and previous Honda customers can be expected to grow fond of it.