The 5th generation Honda City (left) and the 4th generation Honda City (right).

NEW DELHI: Honda City is an emotion, an icon that has basked in glory over two decades in India. With every generation, the Japanese carmakers had something new and innovative to offer, whether revolutionary powertrain or eye-catching aesthetics.

The launch of 5th generation City is around the corner, and it is clear in the prima facia, Honda is going strong with the aesthetics and features. With over four million City customers, Honda can do little wrong in nailing the new-gen to perfection, yet again.

The 5th generation Honda City will be available in both petrol and diesel BS6 compliant variants. Interestingly, the 4th generation Honda City will be sold alongside its successor but will only be available in a BS6 compliant petrol variant.

Honda Cars India, with both the cars in the market side-by-side, wants to offer a greater choice to the buyers. Honda City, currently available, it priced Rs 10.10 lakh (ex-showroom) onwards, takes on the likes of Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. In all likelihood, the 5th-gen City should start at around Rs 50,000 – 80,000 over the current model.

The 5th generation Honda City is already preparing itself to take the spotlight as a much more tech-friendly sedan. With an updated Honda connect, the new City will become India’s first car to be equipped with Amazon’s personal assistant, Alexa. Not to forget, Honda is offering 32 connected in-car tech features.

The new Honda City seems to have adopted the ‘ambitious sedan’ design with an enhanced stance. With a design inspired by the Japanese Katana blade, the 5th generation comes with much sharper and aggressive looks. This is definitely an upgrade from the 4th generation Honda City’s ‘H-design’. While the previous generation City boasted a toned athletic body, its successor looks more impressive with its bulked-up body. Dimensionally, City has grown in length and breadth, offering greater room inside the cabin.

The 5th generation Honda City also has replaced the older version’s sleek cross-motion form exterior styling. The new City flaunts a sharp shoulder line that runs from the headlamp, all the way to the tail lamp making its hood appear a little longer and gives it a distinguishably precise and aerodynamic impression.

Moving on to the powertrain, the 5th Generation Honda City is powered by the latest 1.5-litre i-VTEC DOHC with VTC (Variable Valve Timing Control) petrol engine. Replacing the previous 1.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC petrol engine, the new Honda City delivers high fuel efficiency, low emissions and better performance. The 5th Generation Honda City’s diesel variant is also equipped with the refined 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine to deliver the best balance of powerful performance and high fuel economy. A diesel-CVT, for the time being, has been kept out of contention.

When it comes to comfort, the 5th Generation Honda City adopts the ‘ambitious beauty’ concept offering luxurious and sophisticated interiors. When it comes to comfort, there isn’t a lot of difference in the new Honda City and the old one as both are based on Honda’s ‘man maximum and machine minimum’ concept, giving a clutter-free and open feeling to the passengers. However, the 5th generations ‘So-Kai (invigorating) cockpit is notched up and more convenient for the driver compared to the ‘layered floating cockpit’ of the previous generation city.

After much delay, Honda Car India is set to roll out the 5th generation City with an eye at the pole position.

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