Honda starts production of the new City
Production of the 5th generation Honda City to begin soon
The Honda City is a car that needs no introduction. Launched in 1998, it marked its spot in the heart of Indian enthusiasts and other customers alike. It pumped out enough power to embarrass almost all other cars on the roads of India, at the time, and made enough torque to give you a reason to skip your workout routine after steering it for a while. If that did not get your adrenaline rushing, the 2000s brought along the Vtec. It was a firecracker.
The City was, of course, offered in a diesel variant too, but the one that got the attention of most enthusiasts is the petrol variant. The generations that followed brought along constant changes and led us to the 4th generation in 2017.
All of that back-story, for the latest generation Honda City, as planned, has begun production. Honda is all set to start production following the guidelines provided by the government, following COVID-19 protocols. Honda aims to overcome all of the difficulties faced currently, during the pandemic.
This new City promises a lot of new things. It will be the longest and widest sedan in its class. It will follow BS-6 emission norms and will get a plethora of new tech. Full LED headlamps, TFT meter with G-meter, 5 star ASEAN N-CAP rating, all thanks to 6 airbags, lane keep assist, stability control, handling assist and many more.
The other additions include an 8-inch infotainment system, which happens to support AndroidAuto and Apple CarPlay, automatic climate control, walk-away door locks, automatic headlights and rain-sensing wipers. Also, crash notification, stolen vehicle tracking, and geofence alert. And if that isn't enough to satisfy your tech needs, it also gets Alexa remote! It racks up a total of 32 connected features.
The looks are rather radical, for a sedan. But, so are the newly updated, BS-6 engines. Both engines, 1.5L petrol and 1.5L diesel, will be available. The petrol engine will push out 119 bhp and 145 N-m of torque and will be available with a 6-speed manual or a 7-step CVT. The turbo-diesel mill is capable of putting out 98 bhp and 200 N-m of torque. The City will be launching in July 2020. You can expect the new City to bring along some power-packed performance and also be friendlier to Polar bears, because it will get better mileage and pollute less.
Judging from the looks of it, I think the edgy styling and all the tech, combined could sell the new City like hot buns. What are your thoughts about it? Let me know in the comments below.