Facelifted Honda City Sedan To Be Launched On March 2, 2023

  • Feb 15, 2023
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The Hyundai Verna rival will get cosmetic tweaks and could even inherit a novel safety feature from its hybrid sibling

  • Facelifted City will get minor styling changes over the current model. 

  • Likely to get some new features as well, including driver-assistance tech (ADAS) for the petrol model. 

  • Should be offered with 1.5-litre petrol and petrol-strong hybrid powertrains; no diesel engine option on the cards. 

  • Will be priced at a premium over the existing City that retails from Rs 11.87 lakh (ex-showroom). 

Spy shots have already foretold the facelifted City’s arrival, and now we know its launch date – March 2, 2023. The revised City is expected to get minor styling tweaks over the current model in addition to a few new features, such as the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistance tech (ADAS) that’s currently exclusive to the hybrid model.

With the updates, the City facelift will command a premium over the current City which retails from Rs 11.87 lakh to Rs 15.62 lakh for the petrol variant and Rs 19.88 lakh for the strong-hybrid City e-HEV.

Going by recently facelifted Honda models, it’s likely that the Honda City’s updates will be subtle, including changes such as a revised grille and bumpers and new alloy wheels. 

Inside, the facelifted sedan should get minor tweaks such as colour and trim changes and new seat upholstery. The City is already well-equipped with an eight-inch touchscreen, eight-speaker sound system, connected car tech, and cruise control. However, Honda should add wireless Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity (wired on the current City), as well as features such as ventilated seats and wireless phone charging that are becoming more commonplace in the City’s price segment. 

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The safety kit consists of six airbags, stability control, hill assist, lane-watch camera (for left turns), rear parking camera and ISOFIX child seat mounts. The City hybrid also gets the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistance tech (ADAS) with features such as auto emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. The facelifted City's petrol variant should get this feature as well.

Under the bonnet, the facelifted City should get the same 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine as before, but the 1.5-litre diesel unit will not be offered any longer. Meanwhile, the City e-HEV hybrid will continue with its 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine paired with an e-CVT transmission.  

The facelifted Honda City will resume its rivalry with the Maruti Ciaz, Skoda Slavia, Volkswagen Virtus and the upcoming 2023 Hyundai Verna.

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