After launching it in Thailand, Honda recently launched their all-new fifth generation City sedan in the Indian market. This C-segment sedan competes with cars like Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid in the segment. The all-new City is an all-new vehicle and has several changes in comparison to the older version. Here we have a video from Honda that shares the inspiration and challenges for the design team while designing the all-new City for India.
The video has been uploaded by Honda Cars India on their official channel. The video starts by showing the crowded roads of India and Honda engineers had to come up with a design that would stand out in the crowd but also the customer to have a comfortable drive. As per the video, Indian customers wanted a spacious and airy cabin that would make them feel special sitting inside.
The engineers as per the survey designed the Honda City and made it longer and wide than before while reducing the height to give it a proportionate stance. This created more space in the cabin and gave better visibility to the driver and passenger. On the inside, the dashboard was inspired from ‘Sokai cockpit’. This design principle allows, the driver to see the surrounding much easily while driving. This design language consist of simple and straight lines running across the dashboard without obstructing the view of driver.
Another revision done to the design was the ORVMs. They were placed a bit more backwards towards the door to minimise the blind spot. The main objective while designing the all-new City was to provide a comfortable driving position, spacious cabin and no nonsense cabin with minimum distraction for a better driving experience.
Honda City is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The petrol version is powered by a 1.5 litre i-VTEC DOHC unit that generates 121 PS of peak power and 145 Nm of peak torque. It is available with manual and CVT gearbox options. Interestingly, the CVT version is more fuel efficient than petrol manual. The diesel version is powered by a 1.5 litre i-DTEC engine that generates 100 PS of peak power and 200 Nm of peak torque. It is available with a manual gearbox option only. Prices for the all-new Honda City start from Rs 10.89 lakh, ex-showroom.