At what was one of the most keenly followed automotive events in India this year, Honda unveiled the 2014 Honda City.
Those awaiting a radical change in the design, may be disappointed to know, that the fourth-generation City looks more like an evolution of its predecessor. However, there are some noteworthy changes to it. At 4440 mm, it is no longer than the old car, but has a wheelbase of 2600 mm, which is an increase of 50 mm over the outgoing model. The car has gained 10 mm in height, and now stands 1495 mm tall. While the width of the car has remained unchanged at 1695 mm, the interior space of the car has been increased. Honda claims that shoulder room is up by 40 mm, leg room by 60 mm and knee room has been enhanced by 70 mm. The new City's chassis is 24% more rigid than the car it replaces.
The new car will be powered by both petrol and diesel engines. Joining the familiar 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol unit, is the 1.5 litre i-DTEC Earth Dreams diesel power plant from the Amaze. Honda claims that these engines have been reworked for more refinement and will make the City the most fuel efficient car in its class. Power and torque figures for these engines have not yet been released.
Coming to the interior, the new City also gets many additions to its equipment. There is a five-inch LCD display with in-built handsfree, AUX, USB, iPod, bluetooth connectivity, steering mounted controls, rear AC vents, eight speakers and four power outlets. Additionally, Honda is offering a touchscreen operated climate control, sunroof, cruise control, rear camera and push-button start stop technology.
The price for the new City will be disclosed only when it is launched in India in January 2014. Honda however, has started accepting bookings.