Honda has now unfurled the curtains on India ‘s fifth-gen City after a three-month break owing to the coronavirus pandemic. It is a significant deviation from its predecessor in terms of not only looks but equipment as well.
The Thai-spec City that was launched last year appears just like this. The style is sleeker, and from quite a few perspectives you can remember both the Amaze and the bigger Civic. Compared to its predecessor it is not only high on equipment but also in scale.
It is equipped with Honda’s ‘Solid Wing Face’ grille, flanked by full-LED headlights (nine LED micro units) with daytime running lamps on the front side. The side profile gets a strong line of shoulder and 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, while the rear receives wraparound LED tail lights. Yeah, it even has a sunroof.
Inside, with support from Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Weblink, the City receives a larger than before 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit. It also gets remote control and connected car technology from Amazon Alexa that allows remote operation of the engine start / stop, unlock and sunroof. Higher models are often fitted with a semi-digital instrument cluster with a 7-inch panel showing a g-meter to indicate the acceleration and tyre pressure sensor magnitude and position. The cabin gets beige leatherette upholstery, adjustable headrests for all five passengers, as well as all five seatbelts with 3-point.
With six airbags, ABS with EBD, hill start assist, vehicle stability control, and a Civic-like LaneWatch camera that displays a field of the driver’s opposite side in the infotainment screen, it’s rich in safety features as well. Normal protection will involve dual front airbags, positioning sensors at the rear and ISOFIX infant seat anchors. In the ASEAN NCAP crash assessments the Thai-spec Honda City had received a complete five points.
The latest City aims to draw strength from the range of 1.5-liter engines in the current layout. The gas provides 121PS (up by 2PS) while the gasoline belts produce the same 100PS. The gasoline and diesel engines have a regular 6-speed manual transmission. Only petrol engines are offered a 7-step CVT option.