Honda has just added a new top-end trim to the City sedan, which adds a bunch of new features. Dubbed the ZX variant, the new trim is available with the Honda City Petrol equipped with the manual gearbox. The new ZX variant makes the Honda City Petrol MT more feature-packed than the Maruti Ciaz, but equivalent to the Hyundai Verna – the car’s prime competitors in the Indian market. The new variant is priced at Rs. 12.75 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.
Honda has also added two new colours: Radiant Red Metallic and Lunar Silver Metallic, across all variants. Rear Parking Sensors have been made standard across all variants as well. As for the new features added on the ZX Petrol MT variant, here’s a quick round up of the same.
- · 6 Airbags – Dual SRS Airbags for Driver & Front Passenger, Front Side & Side Curtain Airbags
- · LED package – Integrated LED Daytime Running Lamp, Advanced Inline LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, LED Rear
Combi Lamps, LED license plate lamps, Trunk Lid Spoiler with LED
- · Electric Sunroof with One-Touch Open/Close Function with Auto-reverse
- · R16 Diamond-Cut & Finished Multi-Spoke Alloy Wheels
- · Advanced 17.7 cm touchscreen infotainment system – Digipad
- · Automatic Headlights
- · Headlamp Auto-Off Timer
- · Automatic Rain-Sensing Wipers
Speaking about the new variant, Honda Car India’s senior vice-president of sales and marketing, Mr. Rajnish Goel, had this to say,
We are delighted to introduce the new ZX variant of Honda City in Petrol with Manual Transmission to complete the top spec ZX range and offer increased choice for our customers. The addition of new colours and standard application of Rear Parking sensors will further strengthen the City offering in the market.
The Honda City Petrol is powered by a rev happy 1.5 liter i-VTEC naturally aspirated 4 cylinder engine with 117 Bhp of peak power and 145 Nm of peak torque. A 5 speed manual gearbox is standard with this engine. This engine is also available with a CVT automatic gearbox that gets paddle shifters and 7 stepped shifts.
The car is also sold with a 1.5 liter all-aluminium turbocharged diesel engine that makes 98.6 Bhp-200 Nm. A 6 speed manual gearbox is offered with the diesel motor. The Honda City is currently the second best selling C Segment sedan in India, after the Maruti Ciaz.
Coming to the Maruti Ciaz, it doesn’t offer a sun roof even in their top end trim. However, the top-end Verna does offer 6 airbags and sunroof, although the Ciaz gets only two airbags even in the top-end trim. The C-Segment sedan space is witnessing hot competition with the Ciaz, Verna and City jostling for buyers. All three cars are quite competitive in their own rights.
Meanwhile, the Honda City is reaching the end of its life cycle and in 2020, an all-new version is expected to arrive into India. The all-new City could get larger than the current model, and is expected to pack in a host of new features. It could also get a hybrid option and dump the turbocharged diesel engine altogether in the face of tightening emission norms.
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