The current generation of the Honda City first debuted in Thailand in late 2019, which means that the popular subcompact sedan is indeed due for a refresh. Thankfully, that’s exactly what the Japanese automaker did as they’ve just unveiled the newly-facelifted 2023 Honda City in India.
Honda’s changes for the 2023 City are actually quite minimal but still noticeable. The front end now comes with a slimmer chrome trim for the grille, while the grille itself now has a honeycomb pattern. The front bumper has also been revised, with the foglights now connected to the lower air intake by a black trim. And then towards the rear, there’s a new design for the faux diffuser design element. Everything else, however, remains unchanged, save for a new set of alloy wheels depending on the variant.
As for the interior, the design has remained largely the same. The 7-inch digital instrumentation is a feature that was introduced when Honda launched the e:HEV hybrid model of the City in 2021, so even this isn’t new as well. The feature of the City will be very much market dependent, and some of these will include an 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, an eight-speaker sound system, and remote engine start, just to name a few.
Engine choices for the 2023 Honda City will likely remain unchanged. In the case of the Philippines, that’s going to be a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 121 hp and 145 Nm of torque, which drives the front wheels via a 6-speed manual or a CVT.
Depending on the market, the 2023 Honda City also comes with the full suite of Honda Sensing advanced driver-assistance tech, which bundles Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Automatic High Beams, Road Departure Mitigation, Collision Mitigation Braking System, and Lane Keeping Assist.
The 2023 Honda City will go on sale first in India, while a Philippine launch could happen possibly before the end of 2023 or in early 2024.