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.

Honda City facelift Rendering
The current Honda City made its debut in the Indian market towards end-2013, and went on sale in early-2014.

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.

2016 Honda City Black interior with accessories at Auto Expo 2016
The petrol variant could upgrade the manual 5-speed gearbox to a 6-speed unit sourced from the Honda BR-V.

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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.

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