Japanese carmaker Honda is in the process of updating its best-selling sedan, the City and is expected to fit the sedan with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The new Honda City is expected to borrow the gearbox from the newly launched BR-V SUV and will become the first car in its segment to feature a 6-speed gearbox.
The City and the BR-V use the same 1.5-litre petrol engine that produces 119hp and 145Nm of torque. However, the current petrol variants of the City use the older 5-speed manual gearbox.
The addition of the extra gear should help improve the mileage of the City, thanks to the addition of a taller sixth gear and a more even spread of ratios.
The addition of the new gearbox is not expected to raise the prices of the petrol powered City by a significant amount.
Honda currently equips five variants of the City with the manual gearbox. Prices for the petrol powered City sedan start at Rs. 7.96 lakh ex-showroom (Delhi).