Honda 2GC prototype (Honda City facelift) exported to Japan for testing – Report
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Reported to launch in 2017.
Latest export documents from Zauba reveal that Honda Cars India have exported a prototype of the 2017 Honda City (facelift) to Japan for further testing.
Codenamed 2GC, it’s expected to launch in India in 2017. The prototype exported packs the 1.5L (1,497 cc) i-VTEC engine, while a diesel variant with the 1.5L i-DTEC will also be included in the lineup when launched. The petrol variant could upgrade the manual 5-speed gearbox to a 6-speed unit sourced from the Honda BR-V, while an EarthDreams CVT with steering mounted paddles will remain.
Otherwise, details on its exterior and interior are scarce. This is the first major facelift for Honda’s top-selling product in India, so it could feature a more contemporary and bolder grille with more chrome embellishments, larger projector headlamps with LED DRLs and a sportier bumper, while the rear-end could get revised taillamp clusters.
With the arrival of the next generation Hyundai Verna set for next year, Honda will have to bring their A-Game to continue the sales momentum of their mid-size sedan.