2014 Honda City launched in Dubai, not exported from India
Successfully making its entry into Philippines on 22nd April, fourth generation Honda City has now been launched in Saudi Arabia, UAE and other GCC markets. The first generation Honda City came out in 1996 while second was introduced in 2002. The third generation Honda City was launched in 2008 while the fourth generation has now made its grand entry marked by a media event in Dubai.
The City in Dubai is exported from Thailand plant of Honda, and not from India. As against its earlier generation, the new City sports various design updates based on the Advanced Cool Sporty Car with stunning exteriors, spacious interiors and outstanding fuel efficiency. Introduced in three grades of a base DX, mid range LX and top of the line EX the 2014 Honda City receives a 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol engine offering 118 hp peak power at 6,600rpm and 14.8 kgm torque at 4,600 rpm while being mated to a new CVT transmission.
Built of high tensile steel, the Honda City is able to achieve a light weight and greater rigidity while its high balance chassis system contributes to better driving dynamics and stability. A class leader where interior space is concerned, occupants of the Honda City can enjoy better leg, head and shoulder room while trunk space is at 510 liters.
On board safety features include driver and passenger airbags, ABS and EBD while infotainment features include advanced display audio on the LX and EX variants with a 7‚ÄĚ TFT touch screen integrated to smartphone features. A 7‚ÄĚ display audio with multifunction roles such as Bluetooth handsfree telephone connectivity, audio system with AM/FM, USB and Bluetooth are also available while a first in class feature is the auto air conditioning system being offered on the EX trim with touch screen control panel.
2014 Honda City is offered in White Orchid Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Carnelian Red Pearl and Golden Brown Metallic. Al-Futtaim Honda offers its customers 5 years or 100,000kms warranty while DX model is priced at AED 57,000(INR 9,34,094), LX model is at AED 59,000 (INR 9,66,869) while EX gets a price tag of AED 66,000 (INR 10,81,582).
New Honda City made its global premier in India last year and was launched in January this year. Immediately after its launch, the new City replaced the Hyundai Verna as the segment best-seller, and that too by a huge margin. The demand of City in India is such that Honda had to increase their output, but even then, some variants come with a waiting period of about 4 months.
via Drive Arabia