Launched: New Honda City
The much-awaited fourth-gen City is now on sale in India
So, the wait for the all-new Honda City comes to an end today. Honda has just introduced the fourth generation of its most popular sedan in India, and we know what you're looking for - the prices. Let's have them first: the diesel City range starts at Rs 9.04 lakh for the base E, Rs 9.69 lakh for the S, Rs 10.13 lakh for the SV, Rs 10.65 lakh for the V and Rs 11.64 lakh for the range-topping VX.
Coming to the petrol-powered City, the line-up, as with the diesel City, consists of the E (Rs 7.78 lakh), the S (Rs 8.43 lakh), the SV (Rs 8.90 lakh), the V (Rs 9.42 lakh), and the VX (Rs 10.41 lakh). Additionally, the petrol City will also be offered with a CVT gearbox in SV (Rs 9.95 lakh) and VX (Rs 11.51 lakh) trims (all prices, ex-showroom, Mumbai).
Now that those all-important details are out of the way, time to discuss the variants in detail. The E is the base version, and gets a driver airbag, ABS with EBD, power windows, power steering, and electrically-adjustable ORVMs. Following that is the S, which carries a bluetooth-enabled stereo with a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, steering-mounted audio controls, seat height adjust for the driver, rear defogger, keyless entry and painted ORVMs and door handles. The SV sits in the middle of the range, with a chrome grille, front passenger airbag, the fancy touch-operated climate control, AC vents for the rear passengers, and armrests front and back.
The V features a bigger 5-inch touchscreen, alloys, four tweeters, electrically-foldable ORVMs, front fog lamps and chromed door handles, whereas the top-of-the-line VX gets an electric sunroof, push-button start, leather seats and keyless opening of the boot.
Down to the bits you already know: the new City looks very much like the car it replaces (though Honda is offering accessories to those who want to customise their City), but it is bigger, with a 50mm increase in the wheelbase, which results in more space for the passengers at the back. There's the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine producing 99bhp and 200Nm of torque, and the tweaked 1.5-litre i-VTEC making 117bhp and 145Nm of torque. The petrol engine is mated to a five-speed manual (with the CVT available on two variants), but the diesel is paired to a six-speed stickshift.
However, there's one bit you may have missed - the new City's lightness. The base petrol weighs in at a little over a ton, and the heaviest City is the diesel VX, at 1,165kg. A whole lot less than the likes of the Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid, Maruti SX4 and the portly Fiat Linea.
That's the new Honda City for you. If you want to know what the new City diesel is like to drive, read our review here.