India bound next-gen Honda City unveiled

Honda Ballade

The new Honda City aka Ballade.Here's the newcomer in standard

Honda City is one of the company's best-selling cars. Highlights include more aggressive bumpers, a glossy black grille with RS logo, LED headlights with LED DRLs, LED fog lamps, black mirror covers, glossy black trunk spoiler with RS logo, new 16-inch alloys and a exclusive Ignite Red paint.

Thai-spec model will only have one engine and transmission option.

India will have to wait until the second half of next year to get a launch. While the fifth-gen model still looks decidedly like a City from the sides, it's the front & rear profiles of the vehicle that have received a major makeover. It is the third-slowest seller after the Accord large sedan and NSX supercar. The new City comes with a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder DOHC gasoline engine capable of 120hp and 173Nm of torque.

The latest generation of the Honda City compact sedan/saloon has been around since 2013 - a long time without an update. The new sedan comes with a host of changes not only to the exteriors and interiors but also under the hood. The prices for the Honda City start at Rs 13.74 lakh (579,500 THB) and go up to the Rs 17.53 lakh (739,000 THB) for the top-spec RS trim.

To give you a brief about the fourth-gen City - it's been on sale in India since 2014, and received a mid-cycle facelift in 2017. Though 100mm longer and 53mm are wider than the current version, the 5th gen Honda City is shorter by 28mm.

The fifth-generation Honda City gets LED tail lights, shark fin antenna and newly-designed 15-inch alloy wheels. The sedan also receives a sharp character line, running across the length of the auto. Indicators and reversing lights are nestled above the light bar.

Mr. Pitak Pruittisarikorn, Chief Operating Officer, Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd., said, "Honda City has been the main contributor to driving Thailand's automotive industry in the city auto segment as it continuously set new benchmarks, becoming like an icon for this class of automobile". A large cubby in the centre console extrudes from the back of the front armrest.

The touch sensitive control panel for AC is replaced by conventional knobs in the new City. The all-new steering wheel looks just a bit smarter than before and has pistol-grips like the Civic.

The newcomer uses the Honda Fit architecture and primarily targets the developing markets of Southeastern Asia. The central air vents are now vertical and are placed on either side of the touchscreen. All other information is projected onto a colour screen in the middle of the two dials. This is similar to that on other Honda models, such as the Civic and Amaze.

Overall Honda sales are down 15.2 per cent this year, following a 10.1 per cent upswing in 2018, when the brand sold 51,525 cars in Australia. Until then, we can only ogle at these pictures.

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