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Fourth-gen Honda City Will Soon Face The Axe In India

The fourth-generation City is one of the oldest models in its segment and with stringent emissions and fresher competition coming its way, it makes sense for Honda to retire it

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  • Fourth-generation Honda City to be discontinued, probably by March. 
  • New RDE emission norms kick in April.
  • Currently, the sedan is priced between Rs 9.5 lakh and Rs 10 lakh.
  • The older sedan was retained after the launch of the fifth-generation City.
  • It has been on sale in India since January 2014.
  • Honda recently launched the new gen City facelift.

When the fifth-generation Honda City was brought to our market, the carmaker retained the previous fourth-generation model, to continue to serve those who needed an affordable City. But, if you still have your eyes on the previous model, we would advise you to be quick in finalising your purchase as the carmaker will axe the model soon, probably by March, as more stringent RDE norms are set to kick in this April. 

The fifth-generation City, when launched in 2020, was no doubt an expensive sedan, with prices starting from around the Rs 11 lakh mark. There was a sizeable price gap between the Amaze’s top-end trim and the new City’s base-trim, which was filled in by the fourth-generation City. And even though it was the older model, the sedan still had all the traits you’d expect from a modern City: spacious, efficient, reliable and comfortable. 


Furthermore, Honda had made changes to the lineup of the City’s fourth iteration. It chopped off the diesel engine and the variant lineup was shrunk to just two which only came with the petrol-MT powertrain. However, it still had decent enough features including automatic climate control, a large touchscreen infotainment system and cruise control. 

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That said, there’s no doubt that the fourth-generation Honda City had started to rapidly age in the face of fresh competition. The model has been on sale in India since January 2014, which is more than nine years now. So, it makes sense for Honda to discontinue this model and use its resources on newer cars. 


Speaking of which, the carmaker has just launched the facelifted City and is preparing for its next big launch – a compact SUV rivalling the Hyundai Creta. You can read more about the carmaker’s SUV, which it is currently brewing, here

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