Honda is gearing up to launch all-new next generation City. The launch date has not been announced yet, but is expected to be in the coming weeks.
New Honda City is 109 mm longer, 53 wider and 6 mm shorter as compared to the current 4th generation model.
The all-new Honda City will retail alongside the current-generation City in India to give wider choice of trims and price range to customers.
Honda has long been expected to launched its 5th generation of City, since its debut in Thailand last year (2019). Instead Honda Honda had launched the BS 6 petrol powered version of the 4th generation City in December last year (2019) priced between ₹9.91 lakh and ₹14.31 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The company plans to sell the new 5th generation City alongside the 4th (current) version in order to give more buying options to the customers. The new 5th generation City will likely be launched in only three variants namely V, VX and ZX. The new City measures a length of 4,549 mm, width of 1,748 mm and height of 1,489 mm, making it 109 mm longer, 53 wider and 6 mm shorter as compared to the 4th generation current model. This will translate into a more spacious cabin. The gross vehicle weight of the car has gone up 65 kilograms. The wheelbase of 2,600 mm remains the same as the outgoing model. The overall dimensions should ensure better practicality, but we will have to wait and see its impact on the driving dynamics.
The 5th generation 2020 Honda City comes with a solid list of exterior and interior changes. The new City has taken inspiration from Honda Civic and looks noticeably different compared to its predecessor as a slew of exterior changes have been implemented.
The 2020 City has sleeker LED headlights, bolder LED Daytime Running Lights and redesigned bumper with new fog lights. Other styling updates include a more prominent front grille, newly designed alloy wheels, sportier LED tail lights, sculpted boot and new rear bumper.
The 2020 Honda City will use the 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engines updated to meet BS6 emission standards. No performance alterations are expected as the petrol engine will continue to generate 119 BHP and 145 Nm and the diesel engine will generate 100 bhp. While a five-speed manual transmission will be standard, a CVT automatic unit will be offered as an option.
The interior has become more premium courtesy of the new dashboard layout, and a long list of features with key highlights being an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and segment-first Alexa support, reverse parking camera, ventilated front seats, connected car technologies with app based functions, cruise control, multiple airbags in top-end variants, Traction Control, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System and so on.
Japanese auto major Honda was expected to introduce the all new 5th generation 2020 Honda City a few weeks ago but due to the havoc wreaked by COVID19, the company had to postpone its plans.
Honda Cars India Ltd Senior Vice President and Director Marketing and Sales Rajesh Goel said, "The current Covid-19 crisis is an unprecedented situation and we have to overcome challenges on many fronts including supply chain, production, sales activity at dealerships and of course the market sentiment. As a manufacturer, its our responsibility to launch our latest models which can help us create fresh excitement in the market. Even though we do not know how much, but we do feel that personal mobility will gain even more significance in current times. We are committed and going ahead with our launch plans. The launch of all new City will be our key priority area and we are confident that it will create new benchmark of supremacy in the mid-size sedan segment with its highly advanced product offering."
The company is still working on the launch timelines to align it with production resumption, re-opening of dealership facilities and also community normalcy.
The company categorically ruled out bulk sales of current City to fleet operators, saying the sedan customers have predominantly been personal buyers and that the company will keep following the same strategy for the popular brand.
Honda City was the best-selling car of its segment for a good 10-12 years due to industry leading offering as well lack of competition in its category, but since 2015 it has lost ground to competitors Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Hyundai Creta, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento.