My 2014 Honda City has been clocking miles effortlessly and it has been an excellent ownership experience so far. In this article I plan to cover the ICE Upgrade for the City. My 2014 iDTEC Honda City >
The 2014 Honda City V variant comes with a Panasonic based stock Head Unit which offers a decent set of features. It provides a CD Slot, Bluetooth Connectivity, Radio, MP3 Playback via USB and support for Reverse Camera with three views. Honda City V Variant - Stock Head Unit
I always believed Honda should have provided a Touchscreen back then itself but after seeing the big mess they created with their invention called the “Digipad” – I am happy with what they did back then. People have been so frustrated with the first version of Digipad
that we can see Change.org petitions on it: URL
Before I start sharing my experience in detail - there is no suspense here, I will provide the Spoiler that I upgraded to a 10.1 Inch Android based system from Foxfire. Here are the quick facts for the Android System: Foxfire FF001 Android Head Unit:
- 10.1 inch Screen 1024 x 600 Resolution with Gorilla Glass Coating
- 2GB RAM, 32GM ROM, 4G LTE SIM Support
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- Built-in DSP Chip
- They support a wide variety of Cars with appropriate Frames
- 1 Year Warranty
For complete Details Refer the Brochure here: URL Contact Details:
| Mr. Sunny Gupta - 9555011134
| Note: Do mention that you got the contact details via Team-BHP
Website: www.foxfire.co.in Sunny Gupta Visiting Card With those details to start with, let me now move on and tell this story as it happened from the beginning... Pioneer and Sony Systems
I had considered upgrading the Head Unit multiple times with a Touchscreen based unit but stayed away as most of the budget units from Pioneer and Sony were based on Resistive screens. In late 2017, when BHPian bsdbsd posted his updated on the Pioneer AVH-Z5090BT > (Installed! Pioneer AVH-Z5090BT in my Honda City)
I was impressed with the features offered but somehow did not still upgrade. More recently I was considering the Sony XAV 5000 HU as it did sport a Capacitive Screen and came with most features on my Wishlist. Entry of the Android Head Units
Amidst this, I started researching on Android Head Units. This opened up the horizon for large 10 inch screens. The Dashboard of the Honda City is very conducive to a large form factor system. I saw some YouTube Videos of people who had installed 10.1 inch Android Units on the Honda City. The size seemed to be perfect for the City Dashboard. In contrast the 7 inch models offered by Sony and Pioneer seemed to fade away from my Wishlist. Exploring the Android Head Unit Options
I think a good coverage has been provided on the recent Team-BHP article here: > (The Android Head-Unit buying guide)
For me the main selling points on the Android Head Unit would be the ability to install any Android app that I wished. While I am not much of a music listener, I have spent hours listening to podcasts and audio books on Audible while on my office commute. Hence being able to directly install these apps and use them natively on a Android Head Unit seemed like a perfect idea.
In May this year, my cousin upgraded the stock Head Unit on his Ciaz
to the Blaupunkt Costa Mesa
which provides an Android experience. The fitment was made at “Car N Style
” on JC Road. What I observed though that these units did not integrate well with existing wiring. Although claims were made about coupler to coupler fitment – it did leave wires exposed as they added additional wiring for Bluetooth mic which was visible and also for Radio Antenna.
So I made my checklist/questionnaire as follows:
Question 1: Is there any Warranty if the system fails?
Question 2: Will the Head Unit work with the following existing OEM components:
- Reverse Camera as my car already had one.
- Bluetooth Microphone – The V variant had a microphone in the rooftop and the clarity is excellent with the stock microphone.
- Radio Antenna – City comes with a Shark Fin Antenna
- Steering Mounted Controls – Steering Mounted controls are provided in my car. This one in the end as Steering Mounted controls are typically supported and this is more or less given these days.
With this checklist in hand I set out enquiring the pricing and features of Android Head Units that were available in the market. Reference: Stock Bluetooth Microphone embedded in the roof: V/VX Variants 2014 Honda City
The following are the ones considered: 1. Hypersonic:
This seems to be the most popular one in the market. I found a Facebook page for Hypersonic and saw several YouTube videos. The pricing and configuration seemed truly economical and value for money. 10.1 inch Screen with 1024x600 resolution, Capacitive Screen, 2GB RAM and 32 GB ROM and Android Oreo v8.1 with a Warranty of 1 year.
I posted several messages on the Facebook page but got no response till date. Picked up the phone number from YouTube and contacted on WhatsApp. The guy quoted all types of configurations and various prices. Here is the pricing that Hypersonic Contact Person (Kanwaljeet) quoted:
Note: The price does not include labor/fitment charges
- Hypersonic 1GB/16GB Android Nougat 7.0 : Rs.12,500/-
- Hypersonic 2GB/16GB Android Nougat 7.0 : Rs.14,500/-
- Hypersonic 2GB/32GB Android Oreo 8.1 : Rs.18,500/-
I had a long conversation with the guy and he clarified about the features and my concerns. He did not have a spec sheet to share which easily listed out all the features. He sent me photos of the Head Unit and forwarded the YouTube video which I had already seen.
When I ran thru the checklist I had, he then said for Camera Activation there would be an additional charge of Rs.1,800 which would take the total price of the 2GB/32GB Model that I was eyeing to Rs.20,300/- The moment he spoke about an additional charge for Camera I was worried as I was not sure what else I might not have covered and may end up paying extra.
The same Hypersonic Unit was also listed online on a site called WaveHertz (URL
). I contacted WaveHertz and the guy quoted the same price of Rs.18,500/- for the same model. So the pricing seemed standard. While the 2 GB/32 GB model was not listed on their site at the time of my conversation, the support person confirmed that they have it in stock and could ship it. 2. CarChic India:
This Unit looked very similar to the Hypersonic one in the pictures and had the same specification. I contacted the support person on Facebook and checked on the pricing. Slightly higher figure of Rs.19,500/- was put forth. At this point I could not resist and asked him if this is same as the Hypersonic model with a different branding. He said, all of them source these units from Taiwan and hence the internal spec would possibly be the same. He also said that the price was not negotiable and included Air Shipping to Bangalore. He also said he did not have any tie up or contacts with any local shop in Bangalore. 3. Bangalore Local Shops @J C Road & Jayanagar:
After having explorer so many online and remote options I felt it was reasonable to check the local market as well before venturing into any of these. Called Car Gold on JC Road and he asked me to share the photos. Post that he called and said only a system with 1GB RAM / 16 GB ROM was available. I checked with Car N Style JC Road and got a similar response there as well. Lastly I called Konark Car Accessories in 9th Block Jayanagar and they too had the same 1GB/16GB model. Most of the stores said they would provide fitment if I sourced the unit and the charges for fitment varied from Rs.700/- to Rs.1200/-
Based on these findings I concluded that I would not be able to get the latest models in the physical stores in Bangalore. 4. Foxfire Android Head Unit: The Winner
At this juncture arrived the unexpected. Discussions around Android Head Units began in the Honda City WhatsApp group which I am part of. One person from Gujarat had opted for a system called Foxfire and he posted videos of the system. It had everything that Hypersonic had and in addition came with a 4G LTE SIM Slot. The company had made a slick brochure listing all the features as well: URL.
I reached out to Mr. Sunny Gupta who was the contact for the firm and he did not disclose any pricing. Asked me for the location and asked me to contact Red Soul in Bangalore. Red Soul in Bangalore has several good reviews from other BHPians and hence I felt confident. I messaged Red Soul and got a quote of Rs.26,000 for the top end Head Unit with 2GB/32GB + 4G LTE SIM Slot. I thought the price was fairly steep compared to the Rs.20,300 quoted by Hypersonic. However, the Hypersonic quote did not include fitment charges and it would possibly land at Rs.21,000 in the end including fitment. I messaged all my questions to Sunny and he answered all questions promptly. He clarified clearly that the stock Bluetooth Microphone cannot be leveraged and that he would provide an External Microphone and confirmed that it would not be exposed. Except for that one gap - which I think would be true with respect to the other systems as well - all other criteria was met. 1 Year Warranty is offered on the Foxfire Unit as well.
We had several discussions on the Honda City Club India WhatsApp Group and we decided to approach Sunny as a group and ask for bulk pricing. One of the guys on the group Mr. Amit was based out of Gurgaon and worked nearby to Mr.Sunny’s office. So he visited Sunny and personally negotiated for half a dozen units of Foxfire Android Systems to be installed all over India. I cannot reveal the price we got as it’s negotiated price for buying in bulk but it seemed like a good deal as it included fitment charges also as Foxfire had tie ups with several fitment folks in all major metropolitan cities. Sunny would ship the unit directly to us and we could make the payment online as well. Made the payment and the unit was dispatched on the same day. Foxfire Android Head Unit | Brochure Link (URL)
It was sent using Shree Maruti Couriers. Impatient as I was, I did not wait for the delivery and collected the package by visiting the courier hub in Jayanagar. I then messaged Sunny and confirmed that I have received the unit. Foxfire Unit Arrives - Top Cover Foxfire Unit Arrives - Side View Note: Box Package quoted Android 6.0 but Android has been upgraded to 8.1 Oreo in the actual unit MRP Quoted on Box Packing!!
He said that he would coordinate the fitment with Red Soul in Bangalore. I fixed up an appointment for Saturday for the installation. I did not want to open the box on my own as a safety measure and decided that I would let the Red Soul technicians to open the box to be on the safer side just in case something was already damaged in transit.