Japanese carmaker Honda has just released a set of teaser images of the highly-anticipated City Facelift, which is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2017 in India. This facelift which will be launched in Thailand in January 2017 comes nearly four years after the current-gen City was introduced in 2013.
What we can decipher from the images released is that the facelift will receive a more new-gen Civic-like front. Styling of the headlamp units have been subtly redone, which is expected to carry both LED daytime running lights and projector headlamps. The front bumper will get some cosmetic tweaks as well, housing a bigger air dam and fog-light housings. At the back, the taillight units are expected to feature LEDs as well. The rear-bumper will most-likely be restyled to come in tune with Honda’s latest design language.
Inside the cabin, the Honda City facelift will, in all probability, feature Honda’s latest touchscreen infotainment system that will boast both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Moreover, it is expected to boast capacitive touch tech instead of the resistive one found on the outgoing model. This inclusion is a must for the City as we expect Hyundai to equip its latest generation of the Verna, also expected to launch in 2017, with a similarly high-tech infotainment setup.
Since it is just a facelift, the engines on offer are expected to remain untouched. That means customers can opt for either a 1.5-litre petrol engine or a diesel engine with the same cubic capacity. However, the petrol variant will most likely be mated to the six-speed manual transmission that made it’s India debut with the BR-V.
Honda has already announced that from January 1, 2017, it will hike prices of its offerings in India by up to 3 per cent. Hence, once launched, all the variants of the Honda City facelift will have slightly inflated price-tags.