The 2017 Honda City facelift pricing has been announced ahead of its April arrival into Australia, with changes aimed at making the car sharper to look at, but also more mature and liveable on a day-to-day basis. Armed with a fresh face, added standard equipment and only a moderate price increase of $200 on the VTi-L spec, the updated City sees its updates only weeks after being revealed internationally.
Headlining the City facelift, the light sedan gains a revised face with more angular headlights that now feature LED daytime running lights (DRLs). The front and rear bumpers have also been redesigned for a sharper look. Honda says that the updated City features “a lower, wider stance with increased road presence”. Honda has also redesigned the City’s wheels – steel on the entry VTi and alloy for the top VTi-L. Honda has also added a new metallic colour named Cosmic Blue – shown in these pictures – whilst removing Brilliant Sporty Blue and Crystal Black.
The big news for the interior of the City facelift is that both models in the range gain a new 7-inch touchscreen system, with the VTi-L also gaining standard satellite navigation and leather seat trim. The City’s interior also gains gunmetal tones on the instrument panel, as well as silver accents around the air vents and gear lever to freshen and lighten the cabin. Minor changes, yes, but there really was nothing wrong with the City’s cabin – it’s a refined and comfortable place to be.
The 2017 Honda City facelift is mechanically identical to the model it replaces. It is powered by the same 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol four as before, producing 88kW of power and 145Nm of torque, which are above average outputs for the class. Honda claims a fuel consumption average of 5.9L/100km for the 6-speed manual, and 5.8L/100km for the CVT automatic, with CO2 emissions ranging from 132g/km for the CVT to 135g/km for the manual.
The 2017 Honda City facelift will arrive in Honda dealerships in early April.
2017 Honda City pricing (plus on-road costs):
VTi 6-speed manual: $15,990 (unchanged)
VTi CVT automatic: $17,990 (unchanged)
VTi-L CVT automatic: $21,590 (+$200)