The Honda City has been a staple in the Indian market for over two decades now. It is one of the most popular sedans in the country, and continues to be a best seller. The City has evolved over the years, but it’s still the car that people love to drive. What is the story behind this iconic car? Let’s take a look.
The Honda City was first released in 1998 as the first generation of the city car. The company used 1.3-liter and 1.5-liter engines in it, making it capable of competing with cars like the Hyundai Accent, Ford Escort, and Opel Corsa. The City has since established itself as the best selling premium sedan car in India, with around 59,378 units sold in the country.
The Honda City has come a long way since it was first launched in 2003. In 2003, it received its first update and added a more powerful 1.5-litre i-DSI engine. In 2005, the company launched the second generation model of the City. In 2008, the company updated the front look of the third generation model. The CNG variant of this vehicle was launched in 2012. Later in 2014, the company launched the fourth and fifth generation models in India.
The all-new Honda City is now even more stylish and sporty, with a sloping roofline, blacked-out grille, E:HEV badging on the boot lid and smooth LED headlamps with DRLs. You’ll also love the blacked-out B-pillars, indicator-mounted ORVMs, sharp body lines and multi-spoke alloy wheels. And if you’re looking for even more excitement, you can choose the sporty variant with a shark fin antenna, LED taillights and a redesigned bumper.
The all-new fourth generation City is now available with a 1.5-litre petrol engine that generates an impressive 117.6hp of power and 145Nm of torque. The fifth generation car also comes with a 1.5-litre petrol engine option (119.35hp/145Nm) with hybrid technology. Taking care of the transmission, the engine is mated to either a 5/6-speed manual or a CVT gearbox. The company had launched its new variant only last year which gives an impressive mileage of 26.5 kmpl.
Honda City is a great car for those who are looking for a spacious and comfortable cabin. The car has auto climate control, adjustable leather seats, rear AC vents, and a multifunctional power steering wheel. It also comes with a number of safety features, including 6 airbags, a rear-view camera, ADAS technology, crash sensors, anti-braking system (ABS) with EBD, and engine immobilizer. Plus, the car features a TFT touchscreen infotainment panel that supports new connectivity features, including Mirror Link.
The all-new Honda City is now available in the Indian market with a price range of Rs 11.58 lakh to Rs 15.63 lakh. The City E:HEV is priced at Rs 18.89 lakh. This fifth generation Honda City model is available in both petrol and hybrid versions, making it a more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly option for drivers in India.