Recently Honda has launched the top-spec ZX petrol version of the Honda City with manual transmission at INR 12.75 lakh. Till date the top-spec petrol car was only available with a CVT . Honda says it has been introduced in response to high demand for top-spec petrol variant in manual transmission from City buyers.
The Honda City ZX variant is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. The ZX variant offers six airbags, auto LED headlamps, LED tail lamps, LED fog lamps, leather upholstery, and rain sensing wipers.
In the new variant, the company has introduced rear parking sensors as standard across the range. Other standard safety features include dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seat anchors.
Though Honda has upgraded the basic safety features, the carmaker has not introduced the Digipad 2 infotainment system on the Honda City. The updated infotainment system debuted with the second-gen Amaze. It is a surprising error as the majority of other cars in this class already get a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
Honda has also introduced two new exterior colors for the Honda City: Radiant Red Metallic and Lunar Silver Metallic. Both of these were also first introduced with the second-gen Honda Amaze.
Mechanically, the City is equipped with a set of 1.5-liter petrol and diesel engines. While the petrol engine makes 119PS/145Nm, the diesel engine is decent for 100PS/200Nm. The petrol engine is available with the 5-speed MT and a CVT, while the diesel gets a 6-speed MT only.
For the fuel economy the City has claimed figures of 17.4kmpl (MT)/18kmpl (CVT) and 25.1kmpl for petrol and diesel, respectively.
This top-spec petrol manual variant will make Honda City compete with rivals like the Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and Toyota Yaris.