Two weeks ago, Honda previewed a new look for their B-Segment sedan with a teaser photo. Earlier today, Honda has fully unveiled the redesigned 2017 Honda City, now featuring styling cues from its big brother, the all-new Honda Civic.
The most noticeable change made to the 2017 Honda City is the front fascia. At the front, it gets a new set of headlights plus a grill that is reminiscent of Honda's 'Solid Wing Face' design. It also gets a reshaped bumper with new foglight housings. For the 2017 model year, LED daytime running lights are now standard for the City. LED headlights, as well as LED foglights are available as options.
This model update also brings in a new set of 16 inch alloy wheels with a multi-spoke design. At the rear, the rear bumper adds a honeycomb effect at the lower half of the panel. Its tail lights meanwhile have been carried over from the current model with bulb-type units.
Inside, it is also mostly carried over from the current City. Changes made to the 2017 model include redesigned seats, gunmetal trim and LED ambient lighting. The Thai-spec model can be equipped with a Display Audio infotainment system with a 7 inch screen. Expect the local models to be equipped with a locally sourced infotainment system.
In Thailand, the 2017 City now packs a slightly revised engine to adapt with local carbon tax regulations. While still based on the current 1.5 liter i-VTEC mill, it now produces 117 PS and 146 Nm of torque. It is yet unknown if markets outside Thailand will get the new engine. At the moment, the Honda City's 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine has an output of 120 PS and 145 Nm of torque. Transmission choices include a 5-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
"This year, Honda will deliver more new models to the market starting with the launch of the new Honda City, a popular subcompact car with the highest sales in the subcompact segment. The new Honda City comes with a sportier and more luxurious exterior and interior, and is also fully equipped with new comfort and safety features to fulfill the perfect life," said Mr. Pitak Pruittisarikorn, Chief Operating Officer, Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
As for safety, top of the line models get six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS).
The Philippine launch of the redesigned Honda City has yet to be announced.