The all-new, 2020 Honda City C-Segment sedan is just a couple of weeks away from official launch in India. The sedan was spotted testing on the Mumbai-Pune expressway. The test mule featured emission control equipment, which is meant to ensure that the new car meets the stringent Bharat Stage 6 (BS6) emission norms, which come into effect across India from the 1st of April, 2020. Here is a Team-BHP video that shows the test mule in action.
The all-new Honda City is the fifth generation version of the car, and has already been launched in Thailand. While the Thai version is offered with a 1 liter, triple cylinder turbocharged petrol engine across both manual and automatic trims, Honda will continue to offer the 1.5 liter i-VTEC naturally aspirated petrol in India, with 6 speed manual and CVT automatic gearbox options.
The 2020 Honda City will also get a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder all-aluminium turbocharged diesel engine that meets BS6 norms. The diesel engine, like the petrol, is expected to be offered with 6 speed manual and CVT automatic gearbox options. The automatic variants of the diesel may be detuned to suit the CVT, similar to what Honda has done with the Amaze compact sedan. This will be the first instance of the City sedan getting a diesel automatic trim in India.
While there’s talk of the 2020 Honda City for India featuring a mild hybrid powertrain on the petrol model, exact details will be revealed in a few days from now, when the first media drives of the car kick off. A mild hybrid option on the petrol City is expected to make the car quite fuel efficient, and a lot of buyers may opt for the petrol over the diesel if the fuel efficiency figure is high enough.
The new City gets a full styling revamp, and is larger than the outgoing model. The interiors are also all-new, but continue to follow Honda’s ‘man maximum, machine minimum’ philosophy. Expect a spacious sedan with very high levels of refinement, classy styling and a wide range of features. As for pricing, the City is likely to be pegged at a premium compared to the competition, which includes the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Hyundai Verna. The reviews coming in from Thailand have been overwhelmingly positive. Expectations are quite high from Honda’s best selling car, and soon we’ll be able to give you a full picture on what has changed on the new car, and how it drives. Watch this space.