Honda rolls out a new automatic variant of City sedan, plans to capture greater market stake
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In a bid to expand the choice in variants in the Indian auto market, Honda Siel Cars India has rolled out an all new automatic transmission variant of its hot selling sedan, Honda City. The new variant, Honda City S-AT will be positioned as a mid level variant on S trim and is the second automatic variant after V-AT model. This new variant will be shelved at a price of Rs 9,09,000 (ex-showroom Delhi) showcasing a surge in price to the tune of Rs. 76,000 as compared to manual transmission variant of City sedan.
Raising the total count of City sedan variants to 8, the new S-AT variant will be loaded with the same 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine as the manual transmission variant outpouring a peak power of 118PS and a peak torque of 146Nm. However, the new variant will be heavier by 50 kg in comparison to its sibling in the S trim owing to fabrication of a heavier automatic gearshift kit. The mileage offered by the new S-AT variant is 15.6 kmpl which is lower than the 16.8 kmpl mileage produced by its manual variant.
Moreover, the new automatic variant dons all the features available with the manual variant such as chrome dash inserts, fabric seats, steering mounted controls, beige interiors and alloy wheels. Borrowing from the higher level variant V-AT, the new variant will also sport paddle shifts.
Honda is adding new variants to its existing bestselling models in a bid to offset the rising competition capturing the market share at a greater pace by offering even diesel powertrains. Honda’s existing portfolio faces a tough rivalry from Hyundai India and Volkswagen India majorly due to lack of diesel variants.
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