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Updated Indian Honda City hints at SA-spec Ballade


Likely to debut later this year as the revised Honda Ballade, sales of the facelifted Honda City has officially commenced in India with the compact sedan boasting updated interior and exterior finishes.

Externally, these consist of LED daytime running lights, reshaped headlights, new bumpers, chrome grille on higher spec models, diamond-cut or two-tone alloy wheels varying from 15 to 16-inches, LED taillights, optional LED foglights and a new boot spoiler.

Inside, the interior mirrors that of the Jazz with a 7.7-inch touchscreen display incorporating Bluetooth, Voice Recognition, satellite navigation and Wi-Fi on top range models, upgraded interior trim, new instrument cluster, push-button start, reverse camera, touchpad climate control, four or eight speaker sound system, sunroof and electrically foldable mirrors.

Safety consist of ABS with EBD and dual front airbags, with the latter being upped to six and auto on/off headlights and wipers standard on the new range topping ZX models.

Speaking of trim levels, the City will be offered in a choice of five; S, SV, V, VX and ZX, with power coming from a 1.5-litre making 88 kW and 145 N.m, or a 1.5-litre DTEC turbodiesel with 74 kW and 200 N.m. A five-speed manual gearbox or CVT are offered on the petrol with diesel being limited to a six-speed manual.

Prices start at 849 990 rupees (R164 505) for the base petrol S and top out at 1 356 990 rupees (R262 629) for the flagship ZX diesel.

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