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Honda City 2017 | new car sales price

Honda has updated its City light sedan with revised styling and added technology as part of a mid-life refresh, with the car now on sale in Australia from $15,990 before on-road costs (or $17,990 drive-away) for the five-speed manual equipped VTi.

Buyers can also pay an extra $2000 for a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with their VTi range-opener, which takes the total cost to $17,990. 

The base variants see no changes to their prices, despite the Japanese brand adding what it says is $2000 worth of extras.

However, the CVT-only VTi-L does rise in price by $200, with the top-spec City now available from $21,590.

Rounding out the changes to the City's front end are a redesigned front bumper and grille – inspired by the 10th-generation Civic – as well as LED daytime running lights for the first time.

Meanwhile, the rear bumper has also been altered, which the manufacturer says helps the light sedan achieve a lower and wider stance.

In-cabin changes are underscored by the inclusion of a 7.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system for all variants, in addition to silver accented air vents and gear lever surrounds, as well as gunmetal grey highlights across the instrument panel.

VTi variants also receive revised trims for their steel wheels, while the VTi-L scores satellite navigation, leather-appointed seats and new multi-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels as standard.

Exterior paint options now include an all-new 'Cosmic Blue', while the 'Crystal Black' pearlescent and  'Brilliant Sporty Blue' metallic colours will no longer be offered.

Powertrains carry over from the former model, with the front-wheel drive City line-up powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine, which develops 88kW of power and 145Nm of torque.

Last year, 1686 Citys found Australian homes, which represents a 31.8 per cent decrease from the 2015 sales period, where 2471 of the light sedans were sold.

As a whole, the sub-$25,000 light car segment was down by 16.1 per cent in 2016, but sedan sales rose by more than four per cent in what is a promising sign for Honda and the City.

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