7 Honda City variants you cannot buy in India


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The Honda City is an iconic brand for the Japanese carmaker in Asia. While Honda sells the popular sedan and its hatchback variant, the Honda Jazz, in India, here’s a look at 7 Honda City/Honda City-based products available elsewhere but not in India –

1. Honda Grace Hybrid

Honda Grace Hybrid red rear three quarter left

A hybrid variant of the City may be what the mileage-conscious Indian needs right now, given the negative sentiment towards diesel and the incentives offered by the government towards hybrid/electric vehicles. The Honda Grace Hybrid as it is known in Japan, is powered by a 1.5-litre i-VTEC Atkinson cycle engine with 110 PS and 134 Nm, a 29.5 PS/160 Nm electric motor and is paired to a Sport Hybrid i-DCD (Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive) 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

2. Honda Freed

2016 Honda Freed front quarter launched Japan

The Brio-based Honda Mobilio may have taken tanked in India, but the City-based Honda Freed certainly looks like a premium alternative. With its flat-floor design and convenience of 5-, 6- or 7-seats, the Freed too is available with a hybrid drivetrain similar to that of the Grace’s.

3. Honda Greiz

Honda Greiz at 2016 Beijing Motor Show front three quarters

The China-only Honda Greiz is just the Honda City with different front and rear fascias. The differentiation was introduced as the regular City in China is manufactured by the Guangzhou-Honda JV, and the Dongfeng-Honda JV wanted a share of the segment, but through a car with a different appeal. The Greiz however gets projector headlights which is unavailable on the City.

4. Honda Gienia

Honda Gienia front three quarters

The China-only Honda Gienia is the sportback (hatchback) variant of the Honda Griez, and is manufactured by the Dongfeng Honda JV. The Gienia is reported to launch in China next month.

5. & 6. Honda City Modulo & Honda City Mugen

2014 Honda City MUGEN at the 2014 Indonesia International Motor Show front quarter

Many South East Asian countries receive these sporty editions of the Honda City, complete with a bodykit, larger wheels, side skirts, sill plates, aluminium pedals and perforated leather upholstery. While certain Modulo accessories are available for the Indian buyer, Honda Cars India is yet to launch the full range of customization options.

7. Honda City CNG

2014 Honda City CNG rear at the 2014 Thailand Motor Expo

Available in the Thai market, the Honda City CNG is powered by the same 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine as the regular variant, but in CNG mode, this unit develops 100.5 hp and 127 Nm of torque. It gets a 65-liter CNG tank placed in the boot.

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