Honda Cars are popular for their reliability and VTEC petrol engines all over the world. The Honda City is always been the brand’s bread-and-butter model in India. However, the City sales have declined recently due to the SUV trend and the feature-rich rivals in the segment. Fortunately, the brand listened and is now adding desirable up-to-date features in their latest Honda City 2023. The new premium sedan is going to launch on the 2nd of March. Ahead of the launch, the car is spotted in a dealership yard sporting a brand-new colour and other interesting upgrades. Here are all the specially brewed details about the leaks.
- New and refreshed body colour.
- ADAS features now also with non-hybrid variants.
- Minor cosmetic redesign.
- More variants to choose from.
What is New?
In the images, we can see the pleasant all-new Obsidian blue colour and the revised grille. Major updates are in form of ADAS, earlier the feature was only found with City e:HEV- the hybrid version. ADAS will provide an added sense of safety for the consumers in addition to, the proven 4-star crash test rating at the Global NCAP.
Like the outgoing model, the facelifted Honda City also has the same LED headlamp and taillamp setup. However, the new City has a bigger front grille with a thinner chrome band connecting the headlamps. In our opinion, the front is looking very much more attractive but we know the looks are a subjective topic. Previously the Honda City e:HEV had new sportier bumpers, now the facelift can be also seen with another bespoke bumper design different from all the predecessors. Coming to sides the top models will wear new 16-inch alloy wheels and the middle and lower variants will have 15-inchers. At the rear end of things, the fake diffuser is larger and even more imposing now which we personally liked.
Inner beauty remains untouched and left as same as the predecessor. Honda City facelift will have ventilated front seats, a wireless phone charger and wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay. Unfortunately, this facelift also will not answer the popular demand for updated infotainment. The current 8-inch touchscreen system is infamously slow to respond and with an outdated user interface. Mechanically and rest of the Honda City facelift will remain unchanged.
Honda City will face competition from the Hyundai Verna 2023-
New Variants and Powertrains
From now on the Honda City e:HEV will have a new lower variant (V) with a significantly lower price tag. Earlier the price of the Hybrid was an inevitable dealbreaker for many customers who were looking for an affordable solution to gas prices. According to the reports, Honda will also introduce a new SV trim which will be the entry-level base model of the sedan.
However, the new Facelifted Honda City will be only available with petrol engine options. Just like many other manufacturers Honda has discontinued their i-DTEC diesel motors from their entire range of cars. Spinning the front wheels of the sedan will be either a 1.5L NA petrol engine or an Atkinson cycle, 1.5L hybrid petrol engine. The former will be good for 121HP of Power and the latter will produce 126HP of power combined from the engine and the battery. The naturally aspirated engine will have the option of a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic. Whereas the hybrid is only possible to be mated to an e-CVT automatic. Both the engines from Honda are claimed to comply with RDE-2 norms and are E20 fuel ready.
The bookings of the Honda City have begun and will be available at the showrooms on March 2nd. The mid-size sedan is to compete with the Skoda Slavia, Volkswagen Virtus and the upcoming all-new Hyundai Verna. For exact prices and a full review of the Honda City 2023 facelift kindly stay tuned to our Youtube channel.
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