As we reported earlier, Honda Car India is developing a facelifted version of its best-selling car, the City. The company also exported two facelifted prototypes of the new model to Japan.
According to new reports, the new sedan will also have a hybrid powertrain variant along with 1.5-litre petrol and diesel variants. MotorOctane has reported that Honda Car India is considering a hybrid power unit for India.
The Japanese manufacturer already has City Hybrid in its product lineup in Japan under the brand name Grace. It uses a 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol unit that produces 108bhp which works together with a 28bhp electric motor.
The electric unit draws power from a built-in lithium-ion battery. The engine is mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission and the vehicle returns fuel efficiency of 34.8kmpl.
It is expected that the new City will cost around Rs 2 lakh more than the regular variant. The hybrid model is eligible for subsidy under central government's FAME scheme that promotes EVs and Hybrid models.
The City Hybrid will compete against the likes of its arch rival, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The model will have both interior and exterior updates along with some new features.
It will feature a bolder grille with more chromium, LED DRLs, sportier bumpers and revised taillamp section. As of now, the details of the new model are sufficient and the facelifted model will be very similar with the Honda Griez which was unveiled in China in October 2015.
Inside, the model will get a 5.7inch LCD touch screen, hands-free telephone controls, paddle shift, sat nav and a lot more. Safety features that we can expect are ABS with EBD, parking sensors, front and side impact beams and 6 airbags.
The year 2017 will be a great year for mid-size sedan segment because of the two new facelifted cars with Hybrid system from two giant manufacturers. Let them battle it out and see who can claim the title of the best-selling sedan.