2017 Facelifted Honda City launched in Thailand

B-segment saloon gets cosmetic tweaks, slightly more kit and unchanged retail prices; archrival Toyota Vios to follow suit next week.

It appears Honda is using the family-look approach…

After being on the market for three years in its current generation, the Honda City has been given its mandatory mid-life update.

The most notable cosmetic upgrade is the front end. The front grille now has a pronounced chrome grille and shares its shape with many other Hondas currently on sale.

Also new are the front and rear bumpers, together with LED daytime-running lights.

Inside, the City receives a fascia fashioned in gun-metallic trim and newly designed leather upholstery for the front seats. Also new for the City is smartphone connectivity for both Android and iOS devices.

Are there any technical changes?

As with most mid-life updates from Honda, the changes are limited to just the visual side of things.

Power in the City is the same like before: an E85-capable 1.5-litre petrol engine developing 117hp and 146Nm.

A manual version still sits on the bottom of the model lineup, while the remaining variants come with CVT automatic and seven-speed manual mode. New, however, are paddle-shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

Honda claims average fuel consumption of 17.9kpl for the manual and 18.2kpl for the CVT.

Despite some new features being added to the car, prices of the City remain unchanged throughout. The manual goes for 550,000 baht, while the other five grades with CVT range from 589,000-751,000 baht. The top-of-the-line SV+ sees front, side and curtain airbags.

I heard Toyota is also planning to facelift the Vios…

Yes they are. After giving the Vios a mechanical update last year (1.5-litre petrol engine with dual variable valve control and CVT automatic), Toyota will extend a facelift for it in Thailand next week.

Later in the year, Mazda is planning to do likewise with the 2 model which turns three years old this year. The revised 2 saloon and hatchback is part of six models Mazda is introducing in the Thai market for 2017.

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