After a slew of launches over the past few months that broaden Honda’s range of vehicles, it is evident that Honda has turned from a low-laying brand into an aggressive player that is gunning for the top spot in the Indian market.

Years after staying low with a 4-model lineup that were only petrol-powered things started picking up pace when the previous City, with its cool design and punchy 1.5-liter petrol engine, garnered attention and cheques. In its time, it was one the best sedan offered under 10-Lakhs. But, with the evergrowing competition, rivals started offering better features and better powertrain whilst remaining in the sub-10 Lakh category. With the gripe that Honda didn’t offer a diesel engine nor better equipment, sales began to dive, though not significantly as it was still the most reliable petrol-powered sedan money can buy. It still wasn’t enough to take on rivals like Hyundai and Volkswagen.

After the Honda Amaze was announced with a 1.5-liter diesel engine, people went crazy about it. Who wouldn’t? It was the first Honda in India to come with a diesel engine. It was so good that in the first few weeks it amassed 30,000 bookings. But, Honda didn’t simply sit still and watch the sales figures rise. Instead they decided to focus on the one car that helped them enter Indian hearts in the first place and after much speculation, Honda has officially announced the next generation Honda City that, finally, comes with a diesel engine and some really nifty features.

Update 7/1/13- Honda City was launched today and the pricing of the new City has been provided below

Update 22.01.2016:- Honda has introduced a new VX (O) BL grade of Honda City which actually offers a all-new Premium and Luxurious Black Leather Interiors. Apart from the new Black interior the new VX (O) trim will also get Dual SRS Airbags

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2014 Honda City

EXTERIOR

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2014 Honda City Exterior
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To sum up the design of the new Honda City, it looks good. But, it’s not a significant step like the previous City was when it broke cover, several years ago.

The moment you glance at the design, you can easily make out that it’s a City. The City is the first official Honda in India to follow the new “EXCITING H DESIGN". It comes with a newly designed winged grille that has a single, bold chrome bar flowing all the way into the headlamps. Speaking of which, the headlamps, though are redesigned, look too similar to the previous-gen City. The lower fascia has been redesigned with new front air intakes and a dynamic front lip. Overall, the new City has a sporty appeal up front that will appeal to Honda’s target segment, the younger generation.

At the side, the City has grown about 50mm more in wheelbase but retains the overall length at 4440mm. Heights has also been upped by 10mm that should aid in more headroom and ease of entry. Thanks to the increased wheelbase and other dimensions, the car is much more spacious than before with Honda claiming that it’s the most spacious in its segment. Like most new Honda’s, the City also has a bold, strong line that runs across the side to the tail-light,giving it a strong stance. At the back, the car looks sportier than before. The tail-lamps are borrowed from the international 2014 Honda Civic, that helps to build the sporty look of the rear.

Overall, though the design looks familiar, the little details help it look updated in the market. Nevertheless, it still looks better than cars like the Vento, Linea and, in the writer’s opinion, the Verna.

2014 Honda City: Dimension Specification

Overall Length 4440 mm
Overall Width 1695 mm
Overall Height 1495 mm
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Ground Clearance 165 mm

INTERIOR

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Step inside the new City sedan and you’ll be amazed by what Honda has done to its interior. Called the "Layered Floating Cockpit", Honda says that the cockpit is designed around the driver, which definitely compliments the sporty theme that Honda has gone for with the new City. The Cockpit looks simple without any fussy buttons ruining the basic design. Speaking of which, there are hardly buttons or knobs. That’s because most of the controls use touchscreen technology for operation. Since most of the people use touchscreen operated smartphones, it looks like Honda decided to extend that operation to the basic car controls as well.

Apart from that, the new City, also comes with a start/stop button, keyless entry that should make entering and ignition much easier than it already is. The instrument dials come illuminated with a blue lighting that looks cool in the dark. Moreover a 5-inch display will be offered in the top-of-the line trim, even furthering the touchscreen operation in the car.

At the rear, the car comes with rear A/C vents that should really keep the rear passengers cool without whining at the front passenger/driver all the time. Overall, the interior of the new Honda City is a very simple looking one that also combines sheer sense of dynamism, practicality and sporty appeal.

Some of the other Internal features available with the new City are:

- * It has an advanced integrated audio system with 5 inch touchscreen display.

- * The new City comes with a driver seat height adjuster.

- * It has an advanced Multi-information display combination meter.

- * It has an advanced push start engine button.

DRIVETRAIN

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After much gripe and suggestions, Honda has finally decided to offer the 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel motor of Earth Dream Technology series which also powers the 2013 Honda Amaze. The 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine is the most fuel efficient diesel engine in India which provides a claimed mileage of 26 Km to a liter of fuel while providing an amazing 100 Ps of power at 3600 rpm and 200 NM of torque at 1750 rpm at the same time so that the person driving the vehicle do not feel the new City sedan is underpowered. The Diesel engine has been mated to a 6 speed manual transmission.

The other motor is a 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol motor from the previous gen which has been improved to deliver better fuel efficiency and power output. The Petrol engine now generates 119 ps of maximum power at 6600 rpm and a torque amount of 145 Nm at 4600 rpm. The engine will be available with both CVT and 5 speed manual transmission and has a claimed fuel efficiency of 17.8 km to a liter of Petrol.

2014 Honda City: Drivetrain Specification

TypePetrolDiesel
Engine Type 4 Cylinder, SOHC i-VTEC 4 Cylinder, DOHC i-DTEC
Displacement(CC) 1497 1498
No. of Valves 16 16
Power (ps @ rpm) 119 @ 6600 100 @ 3600
Torque (nm @ rpm) 145 @ 4600 200 @ 1750
Fuel Efficiency * (kmpl) MT-17.8 (E), 17.4 (S, SV, V, VX) CVT-18.0 MT-26.0 (E, S, SV, V), 25.1 (VX)
Transmission Manual 5 Forward & 1 Reverse 6 Forward & 1 Reverse

SUSPENSION AND BRAKES

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Honda has also improved the suspension system of the car. Firstly, the car is now 24% more structurally rigid than before. They’ve installed new MacPherson struts at the front and Torsion beam axle, coil Spring at its rear. Although the tyres are skinny but definitely provides an impressive amount of grip, Honda also has taken care of the braking system of the car and has fitted it with a Disc brakes at its front and drum brakes at its rear.

2014 Honda City: Suspension and Brake Specification

Steering System Type Collapsible Electric Power Assisted
Turning Radius MT/CVT (m) 5.3
Suspension System Front McPherson Strut, Coil Spring
Rear Torsion beam axle, coil Spring
Brake System Front Disc
Rear Drum
Wheel Type 15" Steel (E, S, SV) & 15" Alloy (V, VX)
Tyre Size 175/65 R15

SAFETY FEATURES

Honda City gets SRS dual airbags as standard for all its variants apart from the City also gets ABS and EBD as standard. Honda has also gets Rear ISOFIX & Top Tether Anchor for Child Seats as standard equipment in the City.

PRICE

The prices for the Honda City Petrol starts at Rs.7.42 Lakhs while the Diesel prices starts from 8.62 lakh onward. Below given are the prices:

Honda City Petrol Prices

- * Honda City EMT 7.42 lakhs
- * Honda City SMT 8.04 lakhs
- * Honda City SVMT 8.49 lakhs
- * Honda City VMT 8.99 lakhs
- * Honda City VXMT 9.93 lakhs
- * Honda City SXAT 9.49 lakhs
- * Honda City VXAT 10.98 lakhs

Honda City Diesel Prices

- * Honda City EMT 8.62 lakhs
- * Honda City SMT 9.24 lakhs
- * Honda City SVMT 9.66 lakhs
- * Honda City VMT 10.16 lakhs
- * Honda City VXMT 11.1 lakhs

COMPETITION

Honda City faces some tough competition in the Indian market from the following competitors:

Hyundai Verna

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Hyundai Verna with its new fludic exterior and new stylish interior is a good overall package. It has many engine options first is a 1.4L CRDi Diesel engine which generates 90 ps of power at 4000 rpm and 22.43 kgm of torque at 1750-2750 rpm, it has been mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox. The second diesel engine option is a 1.6L CRDi VGT Diesel which generates 128 ps of power at 4000 rpm and 26 kgm of torque at 1900 rpm, the engine has been mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox which also has an option of 4 speed automatic gearbox. The 1.6L VTVT Petrol engine which generates 123 ps of maximum power at 6300 rpm and maximum torque of 15.8 kg.m of torque at 4200 rpm. This engine has been mated to a 5 speed manual and it also has a 4 speed automatic transmission. There is also a smaller 1.4 L VTVT Petrol engine which has been mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox.

CONCLUSION

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With a design that isn’t revolutionary as we’’d thought it would be, Honda still managed to initially impress us with the good interior and the inclusion of a diesel engine. The previous gen City was trying to fend off attacks from rivals but, after this, it is clear that cars like Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento and the Fiat Linea will have something to worry about it. From the way we see it, the 2015 Honda City is in the running to be the "Best Sedan under 10-Lakhs"

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  • * Not exactly a big leap in terms of exterior styling.
  • * Same petrol engine

Source: Honda

Riju Ganguly

Press Release

Honda Cars India Ltd. (HCIL), leading manufacturer of premium cars in the country, today launched the all-new 4th Generation Honda City for the Indian market. First introduced in India in January 1998, Honda City has brought joy to over 4.3 lakh customers across the country and has been the country’s most successful sedan. The all-new City, developed a s a global sedan, embodies the best of Honda’s technologies to deliver Advanced Sporty Design, Best Comfort and Best Fuel Efficiency which exceeds customer’s expectations and would now be available in both Diesel and Petrol fuel options.

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Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, Managing Officer, Honda Motor Company and Representative of Development, Purchasing and Production in Asia & Oceania Region said “City has been a high performing product for Honda with over 2.2 million customers across 55 countries. The 4th Generation Honda City is poised for a great response from Indian customers amongst which the car enjoys a very high aspirational value.”

“With the 4th Generation City now available in Diesel in India, Honda Cars is shifting gears to significantly expand its operating universe in the Indian market. The new launch will be a very important facet in this process as the car has witnessed an exceptional success ever since it was launched here,” he added

In addition to meaningful technological advancements, the 4th Generation City delivers a new premium look and feel. The all new City adopts the best of Honda’s powertrains to achieve a perfect balance of performance and fuel economy. The Diesel City is powered by the 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine of Earth Dream Technology series and is the most fuel efficient car in the country with industry best fuel efficiency of 26 kmpl. This engine delivers a maximum power of 100ps@3600 rpm and maximum torque of 200 N-m@1750 rpm. It has been mated to a newly developed 6-speed manual transmission that is light, compact, and attains top class transmission efficiency with wide range and optimized gear ratios to deliver a pleasant, silent and fun to drive experience along with an excellent fuel economy.

The Petrol variant of the City is powered with an improved 1.5L i-VTEC engine that delivers a maximum power of 119 ps@6600 rpm and a torque of 145 N-m@4600 rpm. It has been mated with Honda’s original innovative and advanced CVT that delivers top class fuel efficiency of 18 kmpl along with an effortless driving experience and a 5 speed manual transmission that churns out an impressive fuel efficiency of 17.8 kmpl.

Focusing on the role and importance of Honda City for HCIL’s business, Mr. Hironori Kanayama, President & CEO, Honda Cars India Ltd said, “2013 witnessed Honda’s exceptional growth in India with our first Diesel offering, Honda Amaze. The success of Honda was possible through significant reforms in R&D and localization. This has enabled more customers to experience the joy of owning and driving a Honda car. At Honda, our goal is not just to create great products, but to offer unparalleled experience to our customers. With the best of both petrol and diesel technologies available in Honda City, we are very confident about the success of the model which will significantly contribute to our business growth in India.”

The car has received an impressive response on pre-launch bookings which began after its global unveiling in India in November 2013. HCIL will start deliveries of the Diesel variants of the new City immediately through company’s strong and expanding distribution network of 159 dealers in 101 cities across the country. The deliveries for the Petrol variants would begin from February 2014.

The new Honda City has been developed at Honda R&D Centre located in Tochigi, Japan following extensive market surveys in India, ASEAN countries and other markets for people’s driving needs and lifestyles. The development of all-new Honda City adopts Honda’s new ‘global operation reform’ of concurrent development and implementation of locally optimized design drawings to realize the best vehicle specifications with speed, affordability and low CO2 emissions for our customers.

India, being a key strategic market for Honda in the Asia and Oceania region, has been specifically chosen to lead the global production for the All New Honda City with the 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine which is already gaining popularity in the country. This makes India the first country to manufacture and sell the New City, which will eventually be sold in 60 markets to help expand Honda’s footprint in some of the fastest growing auto markets in the world.

The grand concept for the all-new City is Advanced Cool Stunner. “Stunner” is at the core of this concept and reflects sophistication and vigor while in motion and a striking presence when standing still.

Packaging is the big attractiveness of the new City. The All New City delivers cleverly generated interior space that exceeds its class by further evolving Honda’s “man maximum machine minimum” philosophy which aims at maximizing the space available for people and minimizing the space required for mechanical components. The new City offers One class above Rear legroom, superior Head Clearance & Knee room inside cabin and offers a class leading boot space of 510L.

New City uses high tensile steel along with new body structure to achieve a lightweight & high rigidity sedan body structure to support driving and package. The new City has a completely new design, high Balance Chassis system which offers comfort with safety. The car has new geometry MacPherson Strut front suspension and High rigidity H shaped twist beam rear suspension for operation stability and comfortable ride. City adopts a High rigidity & new controlled electronic power steering which delivers a high quality steering feel. Considering Indian usage conditions, the ground contact performance for the New City has been improved by changing the exhaust layout around the wheelbase centre.

The City’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body enhances self-protection while mitigating damage to other vehicles in the event of a collision. The City features host of Honda’s active and passive safety technologies including Pedestrian injury mitigation technology , Driver and Front passenger SRS airbags, Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) which prevents wheel locking, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) which enhances braking performance and impact mitigating headrests which reduce the possibility of neck injury in rear impacts of low speed. The ABS with EBD is being offered as standard across all Diesel and Petrol CVT variants.

New City offers a host of advanced interior equipment like First in segment Auto AC with Touchscreen Control panel, Advanced integrated Audio with 8 speakers and 5” screen, One Push Engine Start/Stop button with Honda Smart Key System, steering wheel with buttons for cruise control, Audio and hands-free control, Rear A/C vents and Rear Parking camera with multiple views. The CVT model will be equipped with a “Paddle Shift” option which can be operated in both D and S mode and allows the driver to enjoy a manual transmission-like driving feel. On the exterior, with segment first shark fin antenna, sunroof, 15” sporty alloy wheels, stylish fog lamps and sleek turn indicators on the door mirrors, the New city truly delivers a One Class Above feeling.

The all-new City is available in 5 grades offered in Petrol and Diesel variants – E, S, SV, V and VX with Manual Transmission. Additionally, the City will be available in CVT in SV & VX petrol grades.

Honda City will be available in six exciting range of colors – Golden Brown Metallic (New and exclusive), Carnelian Red Pearl, Urban Titanium Metallic, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and Taffeta White. It comes with a 2 years or 40,000 kms warranty as standard value for all customers

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