Honda Cars India have teased an image for the audience that showed off the new generation City. The image shows off the front looks of the model and this is very similar to the Thai-specific model which was launched back in November 2019.
The next-generation City made for the Indian roads has LED headlights which are also seen on the Thai specific RS model. Additionally, the bumpers in the rear are similar to that of the Thai specific regular counterpart.
The 2020 model comes with bigger radiator grilles, LED headlamps, and sculpted bumpers. These are the upgrades made when compared to the current model. However, the roof is much flatter which provides enhanced roominess and airiness in the car. Finally, the Thai specific model comes with 15″ wheels, however, the Indian specific models seems like it will be more towards 16″wheels. Now, this is being said based on the fact all test models which were spied upon ran the streets with 16-inch wheels.
The Honda City 2020 model will be making its entrance to the Indian market with two engine choices, both BS6 compliant. One will be the 1.5-liter petrol engine while the other is the 1.5-liter diesel engine. The petrol engine models can provide a power of 117bhp along with a torque of 175 Nm and these are already BS6 ready now. On the other hand, the diesel engines provide a power of 99bhp along with 200 Nm of torque. Next, the transmission options are very specific to the engines. So, the petrol engine comes equipped with 5-speed manual pr 7-step CVT while the diesel engine comes equipped with 6-speed manual system.
When engines get upgraded to BS6, the output results become slightly variable. Therefore, the Honda City 2020 might also be seen with diesel-CVT automatic transmission. On another note, the Honda Amaze compact-sedan currently is available in this specification. Inf act, it is the first car in India to have this feature.
The interior of the model has received a great deal of modification. The model’s infotainment system has a well-sized touchscreen which can support both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The C-segment sedan market of India does not have a too many choices available and Honda City is one of the most popular choices within this segment. Therefore, to ensure that the 2020 model has a continued edge over other models, the brand will surely load the interior with many more features.
The launch price for the Honda City new generation is expected to begin from approximately INR 11 lakhs. Given all the variants of this model, there is an ongoing rumour that sometime next year an electric variant of the model will be launched as well. The rivals of this model include Skoda Rapid, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento, and the Hyundai Verna. Although quite far away, Honda will unleash their new City keeping in mind Volkswagen’s upcoming Virtus sedan.