Honda is all set to bring in the 5th generation City sedan to international markets by the end of this year. The all-new City sedan will be launched in India sometime next year. Here’s our exclusive render to give you an idea on what the all-new sedan could look like. This render has been created by our in-house rendering artist Vipin Vathoopan.
The 5th generation City sedan is expected to derive inspiration from the likes of the Civic and Insight models. The car gets a front end that’s quite similar to that of the new Civic but with enough changes to give it a distinct identity. The headlamps get wraparound LED DRLs and a massive chrome insert for the grille. The front hood also gets plenty of sculpting, and the ‘arrow’ design language that has been seen on multiple generations of the City seems to continue in the new model.
At the rear, the 2020 City is expected to get a plunging roofline, which we first saw in India through the Honda Amaze. A similar design will be offered on the upcoming Honda Civic as well. Overall, the car also seems to be larger than the outgiong version, and a longer wheelbase is also likely. From the looks of it, the all-new, 2020 Honda City is expected to look like a scaled down Civic.
On the inside, the 2020 Honda City will get larger, and more comfortable. A completely new interior design is on the cards, with high quality fit and finish all around. We could get chrome accents on the dashboard and soft touch plastics as the City sedan to match the premium pricing that the car has always been commanding. A slew of safety features and creature comforts will be offered on the new car. Class leading levels of equipment are likely to be on offer.
As for mechanicals, the 2020 Honda City sold in India is expected to get a mild hybrid system along with the 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol engine. This engine, which has been offered on the past two generations of the City makes 117 Bhp 145 Nm, and is a very smooth unit that loves to be revved. The mild hybrid system will be a precursor to a full hybrid system that’s expected to be offered in future. The mild hybrid system is meant to cut emissions and boost fuel efficiency.
The 1.5 liter i-DTEC turbocharged diesel engine that makes 98.6 Bhp-200 Nm, is expected to be carried over but with heavy changes to make it comply with Bharat Stage 6 emission norms. While the petrol engine is likely to get 5 speed manual and CVT automatic gearboxes, the diesel engine is expected to continue with a 6 speed manual gearbox. An automatic gearbox is unlikely to be offered with the diesel engine as that would drive up costs too high. This is because the diesel engine on the 2020 City is expected to be already quite costly to build due to the additional emission control equipment that’s needed to meet Bharat Stage 6 emission norms.