Honda has been working on the new generation model of the Honda City since some time now and the sedan has been spotted testing in India too. The latest inputs now suggest that the sedan will be launched by November this year. According to Key Auto, the Japanese manufacturer could launch the all-new Honda city by November with Thailand as its first market. Subsequent launches will follow later on with other Asian countries like Malaysia schedulaed to get the new City in 2020. As for India, Honda will most likely launch the new City during or after the 2020 New Delhi Auto Expo which is schedulaed to happen in February next year.
The popular C-segment sedan has been a best seller for Honda since a long time now and the fifth generation model is expected to continue getting good sales. As it will be a generation update, the new City will have a totally fresh exteriors design and revamped interiors. It is also expected to grow in size and with the same, a higher price tag is likely to follow. In terms of exterior design, the new City will feature an evolutionized version of its current design. A few cues from the larger Civic and Accord will make their way on the are and the front face is likely to carry the new Honda family design.
The headlights could be full-LED units on the higher variants while the alloy wheels will also get a different design compared to the ongong model. All in all, the sedan will look more premium and resemble the Civic in terms of exteriors. On the inside, one can expect new leather upholstery, sunroof, automatic climate control, auto headlamps and wipers, a touchscreen infotainment system and a power adjustable driver’s seat aong other key features. As for safety, expect a full complement of 6 airbags, ABS, traction control, hill hold, speed alerts, a reverse parking camera and more to be on offer.
Powering the car will be the 1.5 liter i-DTEC turbocharged diesel engine that will be made Bharat Stage (BS6) 6 emission norms compliant. This engine is likely to be offered with 6 speed manual and CVT automatic gearbox options. However, a major change will come to the 1.5 liter petrol engine as it is tipped to be accompanied by a mild hybrid. The i-VTEC petrol engine is likely to become a lot more fuel efficient than the current version of the engine. Talking about gearbox options, a 5 speed manual and CVT automatic gearboxes are likely to be offered. When launched, the new City will continue to rival the likes of the Maruti Ciaz and the Hyundai Verna in the C-Segment sedan category. More details about pricing and variant will be revealed closer to launch.