• The Honda City turns 25 in India

The City has seen five iterations since it first showed up in India back in 1998

The Honda City is a well known sedan not only for Honda, as well as the rest of India as it has been a long and stable nameplate. 2022 will see the sedan celebrate its 25th anniversary in the country. 

The journey of the City in India started all the way back in 1998, two years after the sedan made its debut abroad in 1996. What stood out in the first iteration was none other than Honda’s VTEC technology which made its India debut via the Hyper 16 valve engine that produced 106PS. This allowed it to be one of the best performance sedans in its segment.

2003 was when the City got its first generation update, famous for its dolphin-style design philosophy and being the first car in India to get a CVT automatic gearbox option. The third-gen model, launched in 2008 went bold with its design thanks to what Honda calls Arrow-Shot styling which certainly made it stand out. For the fourth iteration that showed up in 2014, the update softened up the aggressive lines a little, while keeping the overall silhouette recognizable. It is still sold in India at prices starting from Rs 9.50 lakh onwards. 

Now to the fifth and latest iteration of the City which went on sale in 2020,  the sedan was longer, more spacious than before, is based on a heavily revised platform, and is loaded with features such as  Honda’s LaneWatch Camera, 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Alexa connectivity, a semi-digital instrument cluster and a tyre pressure monitor. It can be specced in either a 121PS 1.5-litre petrol motor or a 100PS 1.5-litre diesel mill with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard and a CVT option for the petrol motor.

The big game changer in the City however was when Honda introduced strong hybrid tech into the mix via the City e:HEV with a combined power output of 126PS. It also brought ADAS into the fray with features such as lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and forward collision prevention.

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