After revealing the fifth-generation Honda City in Thailand, Honda today has launched the BS6 variant of the existing Honda City Petrol in India. While we still have to wait for the newer generation Honda City, current petrol models are updates to BS6 now with a marginal price increase.
Starting at Rs 9.91 Lakh for the base variant and going up to 14.31 Lakh, there is a marginal increase in price for the BS6 variant, the cars are around Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 more costlier. Honda decided to update the existing City to BS6 because the newer gen is not going to launch anywhere before mid-2020. While the diesel model still remains BS4 and will be updated at a later stage by Honda, it still gets a marginal price hike. It can be due to the newer Digipad 2.0 infotainment system.
The 1.5-litre, naturally aspirated, 4-cylinder, the i-VTEC motor makes 119 PS and 145 Nm of torque, both of which are same as before. It comes mated to a 5-speed transmission as well as a CVT. In fact, the CVT offers better mileage than the manual, 18kmpl as opposed to 17.4kmpl and comes with 7-speed paddle-shifters.
Another main change is the addition of DIGIPAD 2.0. It comes with features such as navigation, music, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The rear camera display for easy parking is yet another convenience on this infotainment hub. It’s a 17.7cm touchscreen unit. The City also gets a host of safety features such as ABS, 6 airbags, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers and rear parking sensors.
Among the competitors, Honda City is the first vehicle to get BS6-compliant. Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna are yet to be updated to BS6. Honda has already two BS6 cars in its stable including the Civic and CR-V.
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