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Honda City Car Automobile Honda City i VTEC Image Credit: Car India
Honda City Car Automobile Honda City i VTEC Image Credit: Car India

Honda City i-VTEC: One Of The Most Popular Honda Models Gets A Mild Life Facelift

The Honda City has gone under the surgeon’s knife and come out the other side with a whole new look to show for it, along with a new top variant. Is it any good, though? We travel to Delhi and take it out for a spin to find out.

Harket Suchde

There was a time, many moons ago, when the Honda City was all over the er… city. The car in its various avatars has sold a cumulative 4.5 lakh units in India since it was first introduced in January 1998. Well, time and increasing competition in the C segment of cars in India meant its dominion was broken. Still a formidable player, the fourth-gen City sold 2.24 lakh units and now the City is back with a vengeance and has resurrected an old talisman: the ZX badge. Only this time instead of denoting a model, ZX is the new top of the pops; the highest grade of variant available in the new City line-up. We had the opportunity to explore the City in its new guise in Delhi, and while the update has been exclusively cosmetic, with the crucial underpinnings of ride, performance and chassis brought forward from the previous generation, it is not insignificant by any means.

While the overall stance of the City is reminiscent of its immediate predecessor with whom it shares its platform, the whole car has been given a visual update. The bumper is now wider and incorporates a more aggressive design. The grille is dissected by a shiny strip of chrome which hosts that iconic big ‘H’ and is flanked by completely redesigned headlights as well. The lights, in fact, are all LED all over the exterior of the car. The LED headlamp unit now incorporates LED daytime running lamps, which is standard fitment across all variants. On the top end variants, there are als


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