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The Honda City has been one of the most successful sedans that India has ever seen. Even in today’s tough times where the petrol costs are rocketing skywards, the Honda City has managed to maintain its top spot in the executive sedan segment of India. However, the Honda City was due for a facelift, especially with its sales starting to show a downfall due to lack of a diesel powerplant under the City’s hood and the entry new players in the market. Also Read - Video : 2015 Ford Mustang revealed; Full details and video inside
In fact, OnCars India was the first Indian website to tell you about the upcoming 2012 Honda City facelift. Now, we have all the information and photos of the upcoming City facelift. Browse through the following pages for more! Also Read - 2014 Porsche Panamera launched in India with prices starting at Rs 1.19-crore
The most striking difference in the new 2012 Honda City facelift as compared to the current City sedan, is the new tailgate. The backend of the new City has a new set of taillights that are inspired from the Honda City Concept that was shown in Australia a few months ago. However, contrary to speculations, the taillights aren’t LED laden though and instead feature conventional multi-focal reflectors albeit with a new arrangement. The turn blinkers and reverse-lamps get a clear-lens treatment.
The rear bumper gets a redesign too. There are new contours on the lower section of the bumper; and a black centre diffuser gives the car a rather European look like the one seen on the Skodas and Volkswagens. The black diffuser also incorporates reflectors at both the ends for a modern look.
At the front the new 2012 Honda City facelift gets a re-designed grille that looks inspired from the upcoming 2012 Honda Civic. Unlike the current model, the new 2012 City’s grille and bumpers follow a ‘V-shaped’ flowing design. The air-dam gets a re-design too and is ‘inverted’ as compared to the current Honda City’s air-dam. It gets an all-black treatment for a sportier look.
The 2012 Honda City also gets new housing for the front fog lights, but retains the oval shape of the lamps. The side mounted turn-blinkers are now mounted on the ORVMs and the door handles get lots of chrome garnish. Also on offer will be new alloy-wheel designs on the top end variants.
The interiors of the 2012 Honda City will get a massive upgrade. First up is the stunning new all-black treatment that you see here. However, we expect Honda Seil to retain the black and beige combination to appeal to the Indian customers. The centre console now gets a darker shade for the brushed-aluminium finish.
The knobs and switches will be retained from the current Honda City though. It will continue to sport the digital audio system with an orange backlight, but this shade will not match the new instrumentation console that the 2012 Honda City facelift will boast of.
Speaking of which, the new instrumentation console now gets a soothing blue backlight. This shade for the instrumentation lighting will give it a similar feel as that of the new Hyundai Fluidic Verna – but knowing Honda, this new design has surely come from endless market surveys than pure competition check.
The instrumentation cluster will also incorporate a new tell-tale light – ‘Eco’. This light has a similar function as the one in the Jazz and the upcoming Brio small car. The City’s computers will analyse the position of the throttle, the gear and the rev range and will glow the ‘Eco’ accordingly to tell you when you are cruising in ‘Economy’ mode.
The 2012 Honda City will continue to use the 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine that powers the current Honda City. However, we expect slight changes to the state of tune to extract more fuel economy out of this mill – especially considering the market’s rapid move towards diesel cars now that petrol has crossed the Rs 70 per-litre mark.
There could be some additional safety elements that Honda may throw in for good measure. While the ABS with EBD is here to stay on all the variants, Honda will implement the new i-SRS airbags in the 2012 Honda City. The i-SRS airbags boast of a ‘spiral’ construction as opposed to the conventional airbags. The new design allows the airbags to open faster, with a lesser impact and stay inflated for a longer duration.
When and how much?
The new 2012 Honda City facelift is expected to be launched in India in the month of October 2011. If launched in this month, the new Honda City will benefit from the massive festive season sales and will thus get off to a good start in the dwindling petrol car market.
Expect the new 2012 Honda City to start at Rs 7.5 lakh for the base E-MT model with the top end model crossing the Rs 10-lakh mark. Stay tuned to OnCars India for more!