Here are a few brochure images of the first-gen Honda City VTEC. The premium sedan was quite popular among the Indian buyers since it offered a good combination of status symbol and sportiness
Honda City is the Japanese carmaker’s most successful product in the Indian market. The sedan was a good combination of premiumness and sportiness back when it was first launched in the late 90s. Here, we’ve brochure images of the first-gen Honda City VTEC for all the enthusiasts out there. The first-gen Honda City was launched in the Indian market back in 1998. Ever since the C2-segment sedan has been available in our market, it has been much appreciated by the buyers and has done wonders for the carmaker in terms of overall sales. In the year 2001, the automaker decided to introduce a new 1.5-litre VTEC variant along with some styling updates to the car, which marked the beginning of the City's great fan-following in the world of boy racers.
This updated City was known as Type II Honda City and got a much sportier gasoline engine, bigger chrome alloy wheels, rear spoiler, twin exhausts and a host of other features that made it more stylish and valuable than the Type I City. The 1.5-litre VTEC petrol engine introduced with the first-gen Type II model was much oriented towards performance and was more responsive than the regular, non-VTEC mill. The motor was refined and very smooth. The VTEC engine came paired with a 5-speed manual transmission, which helped the sedan to touch 100 kmph mark in just 2nd gear.
Talking about the performance, the car was capable enough to sprint from 0-100 kmph in under 10 seconds, a part of it was due to the sub-1000 kgs weight. Addition of a sporty looking spoiler at the back, dual exhaust tips, bigger chrome alloy wheels along with a few other cosmetic tweaks differentiated the Type II Honda City from the Type I (pre-facelift) model. The Type II City was also retailed in the market with non-VTEC 1.5-litre and 1.3-litre motors.
The cabin of the first-gen City was quite plush. It featured a four-spoke steering wheel, air conditioner, power windows, Honda’s music system with remote control and much more. The sedan also featured comfortable front and rear seats. Overall, the cabin of the first-gen City was high in terms of practicality and comfort. Mechanically, the car was powered by a 1.5-litre, four-pot, VTEC petrol engine which produced power and torque outputs of 106bhp and 132 Nm, enough to outclass everything else in the segment. It was the very first time that the carmaker had introduced a petrol power plant with Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) technology in India.