- A new base variant SV could be launched alongside the new City, which will bring down its starting price.
- The new base variant may miss out on features like alloy wheels, touchscreen system and cruise control.
- An affordable ‘V’ variant of the City Hybrid could also be launched.
- In the new V variant, the features of the V variant of the regular city can be given.
- Currently, the price of Honda City has been kept at Rs 11.87 lakh to Rs 15.62 lakh and the price of City Hybrid has been kept at Rs 19.89 lakh (ex-showroom).
Sources at Honda dealerships suggest that the company may introduce new entry-level variants of the Facelit City and City EHEV (Strong-Hybrid), which will bring down their starting prices. Offline booking of this sedan car has started and its price can be revealed on 2nd March.
Currently, the fifth generation Honda City is available in V, VX and ZX variants with prices starting from Rs 11.87 lakh (ex-showroom). At the same time, the price of the new model can start from Rs 10 lakh. The new base variant ‘SV’ of the facelifted City can be launched so that it will be able to give tough competition to the cars in the competition on the price front.
The V is the entry-level variant of the current City sedan, which gets features like alloy wheels, touchscreen system, automatic AC, cruise control, paddle shifter, rear parking camera, hill start assist and TPMS. The SV variant may miss out on most of these features to keep its price tag low.
Apart from this, the company can launch a new entry-level ‘V’ variant of the City Hybrid (E:HEV). It will be based on the V variant of the regular City but will get strong-hybrid technology. This variant could be around Rs 2 lakh cheaper than the City Hybrid ZX.
These changes will happen in the facelift model
Many cosmetic updates will be done in the new city. Its exterior will get LED DRLs, new grille and new bumpers at the front. According to the recently leaked pictures, there will be no change in the styling of its cabin. However, some new features like ventilated front seats and wireless phone charger can be included in it.
Passenger safety can also be strengthened in the city sedan and for this ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) system can be given in it. This feature is already available in its hybrid version. The new Honda City will continue to get the 1.5-litre petrol and strong-hybrid powertrains as before, although this engine will now be updated to meet the BS6 Phase 2 norms.