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Honda unveils its new 4th generation City sedan in India

Japanese auto giant Honda Motor Co has unveiled its all-new 4th generation City sedan in India which will be officially launched in January next year.

The 4th generation of the car will be the first City to come with the option of a diesel engine, further enhancing its positioning in the Indian market. The car will come equipped with a reworked 1.5-litre I-VTEC engine that is found in the current car, along with a reworked 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel from the Amaze.

On the inside, the new City features a floating dashboard and more roomy interiors which are aided by a 50cm increase in wheelbase and 40mm increase in shoulder room.

The car will come with a 5.5-inch infotainment screen that will control the stereo system and display feed off the rear-view camera.

Another segment first is the touch panel AC control unit, with automatic climate control. Like the Volkswagen Vento, the new City gets rear AC vents. Also included in the package are four power outlets, one for each passenger that will allow the charging of cellphones and hassle-free use of devices like laptops and tablets.

The car comes equipped with cruise control, with the controls mounted on the steering wheel for convenience. The instrument cluster gets blue and white lighting, keeping with the futuristic theme the car follows. The instruments also get a driving mode light that displays if the driver is driving fuel-efficiently.

The exteriors of the car feature a more bold and assertive front, and while the car is built from the ground up, the rear and sides share a similar design to the current car. Overall the car looks stylish and streamlined, an evolution of the original City design.

The new City will help Honda better what the Amaze has begun, with a 63 per cent growth in sales in the April October period. The company claims over 70 per cent of the Amazes sold are of the diesel variant, further pushing the idea of a diesel City.

The new Honda City will take on the likes of VW#39;s Vento, Hyundai#39;s Verna and Ford#39;s Fiesta, while rumour has it that the car will also take on some cars from the larger sedan segment to fill the void the absence of the Civic has created.

The 4th Generation City is based on the latest generation of the Jazz hatchback which has wrapped up over 62,000 bookings in Japan in just one month. The Jazz hatchback too will make its way to India soon, and will most likely be launched at the Indian Auto Expo in February 2014.

Apart from the new City, Honda is planning more diesel models for the Indian market and aims to cover at least 60% of the segments within the next few years. While other carmakers are seeing the diesel car market as shrinking, Honda#39;s Amaze is defying the trend pushing the brands diesel model onslaught. The company also announced the commencing of a third shift for Amaze production today, in order to drive down the waiting period for customers.

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