Honda will unveil the all-new, 5th generation 2020 City C-Segment sedan in Thailand, on the 25th of November. The car will be launched in India next year, and will replace the existing model. HeadlightMag reports that The all-new Honda City will get three engine options: a 1 liter-3 cylinder turbocharged petrol with about 120 Bhp-200 Nm, a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine (117 Bhp-145 Nm) with a mild hybrid layout (electric motor) and a 1.5 liter turbocharged diesel engine with 98.6 Bhp-200 Nm. Out of these three engines, the 1.5 liter petrol and diesel will be offered in the Indian market while the turbocharged petrol engine will be offered in markets abroad. All three engines are likely to get 6 speed manual gearboxes as standard while CVT automatic gearboxes are expected to be offered as options on all these engines.
The all-new Honda City sedan will get totally revised styling, and could grow in size, especially on the inside. The design language on the new car is expected to be an evolution over the current model rather than a revolution. Honda is expected to pitch the new City sedan as a refined, frugal and well rounded car – a pitch that it has used successfully in India for generations. The mild hybrid petrol and the turbocharged diesel are two engines that fit into this marketing strategy for the brand. In terms of features, the new car is likely to be fully loaded. Automatic climate control, a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an electric sunroof, multi speaker stereo, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, automatic headlamps and wipers, and factory tinted glass are the key features that the new City sedan is expected to pack into the top-end trims.
From 6 airbags and ABS, to traction control, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring system and electronic stability program, the car will get enough safety features to hold its own in the C-Segment market, which is now seeing most cars getting a slew of safety features. Honda is already selling the current (4th) generation City at a premium price tag in the Indian market. The new car is likely to be priced similarly, and an additional price premium is unlikely given the fact that C-Segment sedans have strong competition in the form of compact SUVs. The all-new, 2020 Honda City sedan will be built in India with a high amount of localization to ensure that the automaker is able to manage a competitive price tag.