The Honda City has gained a safety upgrade without any changes in prices, says a new report from autocarindia.com. Speed alert system and front passenger seat belt reminder have been added to the car. The prices start at INR 9.72 lakh* and go up to INR 14.07 lakh*.
Honda City's new speed alert feature, as the name suggests, alerts the driver by beeping once at 80 km/h and then follows with continuous beeps once the car touches 120 km/h. In addition to this, the sedan now also comes with a front passenger seat belt reminder which was absent earlier. These minor safety features are included in all units which manufactured post 28 May 2019. They have been introduced to make the car compliant with the new safety norms coming into action on 1 July 2019.
Dual SRS front airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors were already standard in the Honda City. The sedan is sold in SV, V, VX and ZX grades. The range-topping ZX trim comes loaded with 6 airbags (Dual Front, Side & Curtain) and rear parking camera as well.
The Honda City is available with two engines. One is the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine which churns out 87.7 kW (119 PS) of maximum power at 6,600rpm and 145 Nm of peak torque at 4,600 rpm. The engine is claimed to deliver a fuel economy of 17.4 km/l (5-speed MT)/18.0 km/l (CVT). The other engine option is the 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine which delivers 73 kW (100 PS) of power at 3,600 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. It comes mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and returns a fuel economy of 25.6 km/l in SV and V grades and 25.1 km/l in VX and ZX grades.
As per previous reports, Honda has already commenced development on the next-gen City which will make its debut by 2020. Some reports also say that the new Honda City will feature the same mild-hybrid technology as seen in the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The sedan lock horns with with other contenders like Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid and the Toyota Yaris.