Honda Motor Co. (Middle East Office) announced the launch of the New 2014 model Honda CITY for the Middle East and Africa market at a press event in Dubai. The all new CITY, which has been developed as a global sedan, encompasses the best of Honda’s technologies to deliver Advanced Sporty Design, Best Comfort and Best Fuel Efficiency in the category.
Compared to the previous Generation CITY which was launched in 2009, the all new 2014 Honda CITY has undergone a complete design change based on a grand concept of an ‘Advanced Cool Sporty Car’ that has a stunning presence with its dynamic stance, outstanding fuel efficiency, comfortable and spacious interiors. It aims to reflect sophistication and vigor while in motion and a striking charisma when stationary.
The All New 2014 Honda CITY lineup features three grades with an introduction of a new base grade namely, DX followed by LX and the top of the line EX. All the three grades are powered with a 1.5L i-VTEC Petrol engine which delivers a maximum power of 118 hp @ 6600 rpm and a maximum torque of 14.8 kg-m @ 4600 rpm. This engine is mated to the new generation CVT transmission.
Packaging is one of the most attractive point of the new CITY. The All New CITY delivers cleverly generated interior space that exceeds its class by further evolving Honda’s ‘man maximum machine minimum’ philosophy which aims at maximizing space available for people and minimizing the space required for mechanical components. This design philosophy has enabled new CITY to achieve class leading rear legroom, superior head clearance and knee room. The trunk space is again class leading with a large space of 510 liters.
The All New CITY uses high tensile steel along with new body structure to achieve lightweight and high rigidity sedan body structure to support driving and package. It has a completely new design, high balance chassis system which offers comfort with safety. The car has new geometry MacPherson Strut front suspension and High rigidity H shaped twist beam rear suspension for operational stability and comfortable ride. CITY adopts a High rigidity & new controlled electronic power steering which delivers a high quality steering feel.
The All New CITY’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body enhances self-protection while mitigating damage to other vehicles in the event of a collision. The CITY features host of Honda’s active and passive safety technologies including Pedestrian injury mitigation technology , Driver and Front passenger SRS airbags, Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) which prevents wheel locking, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) which enhances braking performance and impact mitigating headrests reducing possibility of neck injury in rear impacts.
New CITY offers a host of advanced interior equipment, equipped for the first time in its class. Cruise control and Bluetooth HFT phone controls are standard features on the New City. The advanced Display Audio equipped on LX/ EX grades with a 7″ TFT touch screen seamlessly integrates some Smartphone features. Aside from Smartphone integration, the 7″ Display Audio plays multi-functional roles like Bluetooth Hands-free Telephone connectivity, audio system with AM/FM, USB, Bluetooth streaming channels and detailed trip computer information. Another first in its class feature is an available Auto Air-Conditioning system on the EX grade with Touch screen control panel and available rear AC vents which enhances HVAC efficiency. The top of the line EX grade is also equipped with Smart Entry with one-push engine Start/Stop button and “Paddle Shift” option which can be operated in both D and S mode and allows driver to enjoy a manual transmission-like driving feel.
On the exterior, 16″ sporty alloy wheels and stylish fog lamps are equipped on EX grade, shark fin antenna on the LX /EX grade and sleek turn indicators on the door mirrors as standard equipments, positions New Honda CITY a Class Above the rest.
Honda CITY will be available in six exciting range of colors – White Orchid Pearl, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl, Carnelian Red Pearl and newly introduced Golden Brown Metallic.
It is also worth mentioning, new CITY comes with a 3 years or 100,000 kms warranty as standard.