KEExactly a day ago, Honda of Thailand unveiled the 5th generation, 2020 City sedan – a car that will be launched in India early next year as a replacement to the fourth generation version that’s on sale currently. The 2020 Honda City is larger than the outgoing model, and also brings in a brand new, triple cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. The styling is totally new, and so are the interiors. Here is a brand new TVC of the 2020 Honda. The TVC quickly showcases the key bits of the all-new car: from styling to performance. Here, check it out.
The all-new Honda City that’ll be sold in Thailand will be offered with a single engine-gearbox combination. The 1 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol engine with 120 Bhp-200 Nm will be standard, and so will be the CVT automatic gearbox. In India, this combination is likely to be offered, along with three other engine/gearbox options. Honda India is expected to offer the new City with a 1.5 liter petrol-mild hybrid engine with a 5 speed manual gearbox and a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder turbocharged i-DTEC diesel engine with 98.6 Bhp-200 Nm and a 6 speed manual gearbox. The diesel engine will also get a CVT automatic gearbox option, in which the diesel motor will be detuned to 80 Bhp-160 Nm.
Honda Cars India may offer the 2020 City with beige interiors for the Indian market, which considered beige interiors as a premium features. Similarly, many other features could be tailored for the Indian market – one of the biggest markets for the car globally. The top-spec version is likely to pack in an electric sun-roof, touchscreen infotainment system, LED headlamps and many other premium features.
The City sedan will be built in India with a heavy amount of localization in order to keep price affordable. What remains to be seen though is whether Honda will continue adopting a ‘premium-pricing’ approach for this car. Historically, all four generations of the Honda City sold in India have been priced higher than competition.
The same could be carried over to the fifth generation version given the fact that a key competitor – the Maruti Ciaz – will not have a diesel engine for at least a few months after April 2020 (when the BS6 norms come into place). So, the 2020 City will have only the Hyundai Verna as its main competitor when it comes to diesel engined C-Segment sedans. The car is likely to be shown and launched at the 2020 Auto Expo, which will happen during early February next year.