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Honda Cars India recently launched the much-awaited fifth-generation Honda City in the Indian market. The company also announced that the old-gen model will also be sold alongside making it accessible for sedan buyers in the country.
The fifth-gen Honda City has been well received and retails between Rs 10.90 lakh to Rs 14.65 lakh. While the fourth-generation sedan is currently sold only in petrol variants and retails at Rs 9.91 lakh and 14.31 lakh. All prices mentioned are ex-showroom (Delhi).
According to the latest reports from Cardekho, the company is all set to reshuffle the variants of older-generation City. This could be done to create a significant between both the generation models.
As is, the highest price difference between both models is Rs 44,000 with the VX CVT variant. To avoid the shockingly small price difference, the company is currently providing benefits of up to Rs 1.60 lakh depending on the variant.
The ‘SV MT' and ‘V MT' trims of the sedan are offered with discounts of up to Rs 15,000. The mid-spec ‘V CVT' trim is available with benefits of up to Rs 51,000. This includes a cash discount of Rs 31,000 cash discount and an additional car exchange bonus of Rs 20,000.
While the VX CVT is offered with a cash discount of Rs 70,000 and Rs 50,000 exchange bonus. The top-end trims such as the ZX MT and the ZX CVT attracts the highest discounts. The sedan receives benefits of up to Rs 1.3 lakh and Rs 1.6 lakh discounts, respectively.
In addition to this, the company could discontinue a couple of top-spec trims such as the ZX variants from the older-gen model. This could mean just the SV, V and VX variants to keep the City badge relatively accessible for buyers.
Old-gen City is currently powered by a SOHC petrol engine that produces a maximum of 118bhp at 6600rpm, and a peak torque of 145Nm at 4600rpm. The engine comes mated to either a five-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed CVT with paddle shifters.
Apart from that, the old-gen sedan comes decently equipped with a touchscreen infotainment system that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other features include a sunroof, a multi-function steering wheel, climate control, an engine start/stop button, multiple airbags, ABS with EBD and a rear parking camera; among others.
Thoughts About The Fourth-Generation Honda City To Undergo Variant Reshuffling
The older-generation Honda City has been the brand's best-seller. However, the brand has decided to introduce an all-new version of the sedan. The 2020 City comes with a whole host of features with petrol and diesel powertrain options. The upcoming changes to the old-gen City variants will justify the new sedan by a substantial margin.