Honda Cars India Ltd. which is one of India’s popular car manufacturing brand announced that they have enhanced the connected car experience for the fifth generation City sedan by introducing Google Assistant. Honda has improved the Honda Connect by introducing Honda Action on Google. The feature is an extension of integrated Connected technology offered in fifth generation Honda City which already comes with Alexa remote capability. With the introduction of the Honda Action on Google, the fifth generation City now works with ‘Ok Google.’ Honda Cars India Ltd. also mention that they have enriched the Honda Connect platform with 4 new functionalities and all the 36 features deliver enhanced safety, convenience and peace of mind to their customers.
Talking about new development, Mr. Rajesh Goel, SVP & Director, Sales and Marketing, Honda Cars India said, “Consumers are increasingly seeking products and solutions that make their life easier and caters to their on-the-go lifestyle in a seamless manner. As we celebrate the anniversary milestone of our successful 5th Gen Honda City, we are delighted to introduce voice based Google Assistant interface with our Honda Connect platform which will offer convenience to stay connected with your car while performing daily routine activities.”
The newly introduced Honda Action on Google offers 10 voice enabled features which can be executed via Google Assistant enabled devices like Google Nest Speakers, Android phones, etc. This Action is also supported by iOS devices. These 10 features can be used with text based command functionality of Google as well.
Newly introduced features in Honda Connect include Valet Alert, Fuel Log Analysis, Cost of Maintenance Analysis and Enhanced options for Service Products. Honda says that the advanced Honda Connect platform has been developed keeping in mind customer’s hyperactive lifestyle and their growing interaction with advanced technology, offering instant and seamless communication between the customer, car, his family and Honda.
Honda launched the fifth generation City sedan in the market last year post lockdown. It was entirely different from the older version and offered more space on the inside. Honda did not discontinue the fourth generation and continues to sell it with a petrol engine in limited trims. The fifth generation Honda City competes with cars like Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Venue, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento in the segment.
In terms of features, Honda offered all LED headlamps, dual function LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, machine cut alloy wheels, leather upholstery in higher variants, connected car features, touchscreen infotainment screen, digital instrument cluster, multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, automatic climate control and so on.
Honda offers City in two engine options. There is a 1.5 litre petrol and a 1.5 litre diesel engine on offer. The 1.5 litre petrol engine generates 121 Ps an 145 Nm of peak torque. It is available with a manual and CVT gearbox option. The diesel version is powered by a 1.5 litre motor that generates 100 Ps and 200 Nm of peak torque. Honda does not offer an automatic transmission with diesel engine even as an option. Price for fifth generation Honda City sedan start at Rs 10.99 lakh, ex-showroom and go up to Rs 14.94 lakh, ex-showroom.