New Honda City: What to expect and not to expect
Over the last few months, the Amaze has worked wonders for Honda Car India. By launching a diesel engine option for their consumers, the sales charts have turned upside down for the Japanese car maker in India. Now with new City, a similar response is expected, and obviously more numbers on the sales chart.
As today is just an unveiling of the new City, price is not expected to be revealed. Price will be revealed next month when the car is launched. Based to a large extent on 2014 Jazz/Fit, the new Honda City deliveries in India will commence from January 2014.
Speaking about what to expect from the new City sedan, expect it to be offered with total six to eight variants in petrol and diesel engine options. For diesel, it will be Amaze’s 1.5 liter i-DTEC engine but with refinement. NVH levels will be improved, and so will be performance. Mileage is not going to be as fantastic as that of Amaze, which delivers 25.8 kmpl, but it will be best in the segment. For petrol engine, it will be in the form of a 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine. This too is going to be refined for more performance and efficiency.
Interiors are going to be premium, and will be loaded with gadgets and features. Just like the new Jazz, Features of the new City might see capacitive touch screen, rotating front seat, InterNavi system, state of the art music system, Hill Start Assist, City brake active system, Vehicle Stability Control system, HELPNET (this one is similar to Ford EcoSport Emergency Assistance- on Airbag deployment, the car call’s emergency services for help using connected phone), new design language, new chassis, and much more.
All these features will take the car price towards the upper end of the segment. So what not to expect of the new City, is an aggressive price tag. Honda is not expected to price the City as aggressively as the Amaze for one, it might compete with Amaze itself, and secondly, to maintain the premium tag on their City sedan intact. More details will be revealed in a few hours and we will bring you videos, images and more from the launch floor in Delhi. Stay tuned.