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Honda drives in new City; can it take on rivals ?

Last updated on: January 08, 2014 20:00 IST

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The most awaited sedan of the year, the all-new Honda City has finally been launched in India.

This time round, the Japanese automajor has brought the vehicle with both diesel and petrol powered variants.

The vehicle certainly bounds lot of aspirations, and has been amidst the most significant launches of this year.

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The new sedan will compete against the likes of Volkswagen Vento and Hyundai Verna Fluidic.

It will surely turn the tables on other established brands existing in the sedan car segment.

Even, the earlier version of City i-VTEC had received phenomenal response from the local market.

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But this time around, the company aims to achieve greater heights than before, and thus has made another beautiful beast in the form of fourth gen Honda City.

The diesel-powered variant of new City is also made available that will cater the demands rising from the on-lookers of diesel variant of City.

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Overall, the company went on launch five trim levels in each petrol and diesel - E, S, SV, V and VX.

All the aforementioned variants are combined with five-speed manual transmission in petrol guise, while the SV and VX variants are also on offer with CVT automatic transmission (CVT) in the petrol fuel trim.

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On the other hand, the diesel variants include E, S, SV, V and VX, and all of these are mated to a six-speed manual transmission gearbox.

As far as pricing is concerned, the petrol variant has showed up at the starting price of Rs 742,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi) and diesel has come up with the initial price tag of Rs 862,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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Moving to the design of the model, it finely illustrates the renowed “Exciting H” design philosophy of Honda.

In terms of exteriors, the sedan is simply breathtaking, the sporty appeal combined with elegance comes out very well.

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The Sleek Crossmotion design of the new City will certainly capture many hearts in India.

Honda's new product definitely stands over the expectations, and is an excellent representation of the company's “Man Maximum and Machine Minimum” philosophy.

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The coupe like design clubbed with One Motion styling makes the sedan appear very attractive.

Based on Honda Jazz platform, the all-new City has shared quite a few features from it, making it unique in the segment.

The front of the vehicle with a solid wing face catches maximum attention.

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The sedan is no less when it comes to its interior design which is based on layered Floating Cockpit.

The wheelbase of 60mm to 2600mm offers spacious and utterly comfortable interiors for the occupants.

The feature list comprises of almost every element that is aimed at maintaining the company's aristocracy in the market.

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To name few from the list, are reverse parking sensors, 5-inch LCD touchscreen, automatic climate control, rear AC vents, 8 speakers music system, cruise control, sunroof, touch panel for air-con and various others.

The front panel with black gloss finish defines the style factor inside the vehicle.

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Additionally, the steering wheel garnish and chrome surround air vent knob, door switch panel with silver finish and hand brake knob with again chrome finish, all-together simply lifts up the ambiance inside the sedan.

The new Honda City is available in six exciting colors that includes Urban Titanium Metallic, Golden Brown metallic, Carnelian Red Pearl, Alabster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and Taffeta White.

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Under the hood, the vehicle gets both 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol producing 117bhp of power and 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel engine churning 98bhp power.

It is the first time ever, when the company has launched the City model with diesel powered engine, which is the same that is fitted to the Amaze compact sedan.

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Honda's i-DTEC engine has been renowned for offering an effortless ride and has proved itself when it comes to the performance.

In the case of Amaze too, the diesel variants have received great response. While the same is expected out of the City diesel model.

Moreover, the most important factor of fuel efficiency has also been taken care while developing the fourth generation Honda City.

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The surprising element comes here with the petrol automatic transmission which is rated quite high in comparison to the manual version in terms of fuel economy.

The automatic puts 17.9kmpl of mileage, while the manual offers 17.8kmpl. The diesel variant on the other hand returns mileage of 26kmpl, which is exceptional in the segment till now.

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The sedan is equipped with highly rated safety features that includes ABS (Anti-Braking System) with EBD (Electronic brake-force distribution), airbag comes as standard feature across all variants. While the top variant features dual airbags.

The deliveries of the petrol variants would commence by mid-february while the diesel ones would get delivered instantly.

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