Honda Cars India reports that it had raked up 9000 pre-launch bookings for its new Honda City. And to tell you the truth, we are not surprised. In fact, we expected this figure to be a little higher.
Honda City has always been very popular with car buyers in the country and perhaps for this reason Honda chose India as the preferred country to unveil to the world its brand new version of the City.
This fourth generation City with its petrol engine is priced between INR 7.42 lakh to INR 10.98 lakh (including the CVT) and for INR 8.62 lakh to INR 11.10 lakh rupees you can get a diesel variant. The i-DTEC 1.5L is country’s most fuel efficient diesel engine and promises to return around 26 KMs for every liter of diesel (ARAI Certified). The petrol engine powering the new City is also claimed to be the country’s most efficient engine. This i-VTEC CVT has the fuel efficiency of 18 Km/L whereas the manual returns segment best 17.8kmpl.
The new City is longer and taller than its predecessor and the seats have been redesigned to create more room inside. Honda’s ‘Exciting H Design’ philosophy has given the new City a solid wing face chrome grille, powerful fenders and a masculine, chiselled body. The sun roof and shark-fin antenna also provides character to the car.
On the safety front, the new City comes with ABS with EBD, impact mitigating headrests, driver and front passenger SRS airbags, rear parking camera with multiple views, an immobilizer and anti-theft system.
The new City comes in 5 trim levels or ‘Grades’ as Honda calls them. They are E, S, SV, V and VX. Obviously, the top-end VX model has a feature list longer than all other ‘Grades’ put together.
With the new City, it appears that Honda has succeeded in taking the brand a notch higher and we see a lot of people queuing up to have one in their garage! But we did expect the diesel engine to come with more power, better specs.
Meanwhile, we have also compared the prices of New City with its chief nemesis Verna. You can check them out here.