Honda City gets new all-black interiors on the new VX(O) BL trim; dual airbags, Rear ISOFIX & Top Tether Anchor as standard across all variants
Honda Cars India Limited (HCIL) has announced today that its flagship C-segment sedan, the Honda City, will be available with a new VX trim and Dual SRS Airbags have been standardised across all variants. The all-new VX(O) BL variant of the Honda City will have premium black leather interiors, as opposed to the beige colour scheme, alongside sunroof and Advanced Integrated Touchscreen Audio Visual Navigation (AVN).
Slotted alongside the current VX(O) trim which features beige leather interiors, the new VX(O) BL grade will be available for both petrol and diesel engine models mated to a six-speed manual transmission only. The Alabaster Silver and Premium White Orchid Pearl colour options have been chosen to employ the new black leather interiors.
The fourth generation Honda City is based on the ‘Exciting H Design’ philosophy and was introduced into the domestic scenes in 2014. Since then, it has become the highly desirable model from the Japanese manufacturer’s product line-up and sailed on steadily with its impressive sales figures. As the leading sedan in its segment ahead of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, it has ruled the roster by selling over 6,000 units at an average every month last year.
In the period between 2014 and 2015, Honda retailed around 1.6 lakh units of the fourth generation City sedan to Indian customers from its 267 dealerships in 173 cities across the nation. Maruti Suzuki introduced driver airbag and ABS as standard on Ciaz last October and with exemption for its environmental friendly 1.3-litre SHVS diesel hybrid engine at Delhi-NCR, the Indian car maker will be vying to close the gap to the class-leading City in 2016.
The all-black interior, with sunroof and navigation system, is part of Honda’s strategy to appeal for more young customers and the company says the move has been made in reaction to meet buyer’s needs. Honda already equips City range of models with ABS(Anti-Lock Braking System) and EBD(Electronic Brake Distribution). In the process of improving safety quotient, it will offer the Dual SRS Airbags as standard equipment across all variants from now on.
The other standard feature Honda has come up with is the rear ISOFIX & Top Tether Anchor for child seats. This internationally standardised equipment will enhance child passenger safety whilst helping in ease of installation. Besides these changes, Honda has hiked the price of City base E trim by Rs. 8,000.