The Honda City gets new safety features which includes a speed alarm system and front passenger seat belt reminder to comply with government safety norms.
Honda Cars India has added some safety features to all the variants of the City sedan but has kept the prices unchanged. All Honda City models that will be manufactured after May 28, 2019, will come equipped with a speed alarm system that will beep once at speeds of 80 kph and then will follow with continuous beeps once the car touches 120 kph or beyond.
Additionally, the City now also gets a front passenger seat belt reminder. These safety features have been added to comply with the latest government mandate that requires all vehicles built after July 1, 2019, to come with these safety features, along with a standard driver airbag and ABS with EBD as standard. The Honda City already comes with dual airbags and ABS with EBD as standard across all variants.
These latest safety mandates will see a lot of manufacturers updating their vehicles or they stand the risk of facing the axe. Recently the Mahindra Thar DI variant was discontinued because it did not come equipped with the aforementioned safety features. Of course safety is very important and its great that the government is taking initiative to make essential safety features in cars a mandate, but a speed warning system that continuously beeps at 120 kph might be quite irritating, given that most Indian highways easily allow such speeds.
The current generation of the City was launched in India in 2014 and then it received a mid-life facelift in early 2017. The City is powered by a 1.5L, four-cylinder, petrol or diesel engine and has the option of both, a manual and CVT gearboxes. The Honda City competes against the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid and the Toyota Yaris in the mid-size executive sedan segment.
And since we are talking about the city, you might be interested to know that Honda is already working on the next generation of the city. The new car will be larger than the current-gen car and it will have a much roomier cabin as well. The new City will also feature a completely new design language, both inside and outside. The next-gen Honda City might be unveiled sometime next year.