Honda City facelift is coming to India and if reports are to be believed, it is coming in the next couple of months.
Honda City facelift will be based on the Honda Greiz which is sold in the Chinese market. The Greiz is a collaboration between Chinese manufacturer Dongfeng and Honda. The facelift is expected to be mostly cosmetic and there will be no changes to the mechanical part of the sedan. It will retain the 1.5L i-VTEC 4-cyl engine and 1.5L i-DTEC 4-cyl turbodiesel engine. The transmission option will remain unchained.
The facelift is expected to sport a bigger grille with a massive single slat chrome strip housing the Honda logo. It is expected to come with projector headlamps in the top spec variant. The front and rear bumper along with taillamps will get a design overhaul. On the interior it will get a new touchscreen infotainment display along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
According to the report on CarDekho, the Honda City facelift will be launched around the middle of January 2017 with unofficial bookings to commence soon. This will be the first facelift on the new generation model launched in 2014. The Honda City received a great response as it was the first City model to be offered in diesel guise. It became the market leader as it sold around 7000 units monthly, keeping rivals like the ageing Hyundai Verna at an arm’s length.
With the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, the market dynamics shifted slowly. As people started shelling out upwards of INR 10 lakh on a Suzuki sedan, it became the eventual segment leader and has been consistently beaten the Honda City to the top spot in the Indian market. The facelifted Honda City will get a heads up over the Hyunda Verna facelift which is expected to come sometime in mid-2017.