Borrows a host of features from bigger, more expensive Honda Civic and Honda CR-V
Fifth-gen Honda City to launch in July 2020
Loaded with features such as LED illumination, sunroof, blind-spot monitoring and six airbags.
Gets a set of BS6-compliant 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines.
A 7-step CVT option only with the petrol powertrain; no diesel-CVT like in the Amaze.
Prices likely to range between Rs 11 lakh and Rs 16 lakh.
Existing fourth-gen model likely to remain on sale alongside.
The new-generation Honda City was scheduled to arrive in March this year but the Coronavirus pandemic thwarted the Japanese automaker's plans. However, with the country working on going back to normalcy, the launch of the new version of the sedan isn't too far away. In fact, Honda Cars India has officially revealed the specifications on the new-generation City ahead of its launch that has been now confirmed in July 2020. The all-new model will co-exist with the current version, albeit at different price points. Here's all that the 2020 Honda Citywill have on offer.
The fifth-generation Honda City gets an elegant new design that borrows heavily from the larger Civic and Accord sedans. Honda says the new styling is inspired by the Japanese Katana blade that is visible in the headlamp design as well as the character line that runs through the from the front fenders to the taillights. The upcoming sedan looks sporty in the bold new look, and the model measures 4549 mm in length, 1748 mm in width and 1489 mm in height, which makes it the longest and the widest offering in its class. The wheelbase stands at 2600 mm, same as the current version.
The new-generation Honda City will feature fully LED headlamps with a nine LED array inline shell, integrated LED daytime running lights and L-shaped LED turn signals. At the rear, the sedan gets Z-shaped wraparound LED taillights with side marker lamps. The model will ride on 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels finished in dual-tone shark gray shade.
Inside, the all-new Honda City will come with a completely new layout for the dashboard. The cabin gets a dual-tone beige and black treatment with wood garnish and soft-touch materials. The car will get leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear-shift knob on the top trims. The cabin has been designed based on Honda's So-Kai philosophy that ensures enhanced visibility and blind-spot reduction, achieved by mounting the ORVMs on the door skin, bonnet visibility redesigned for Indian traffic conditions and rear visibility improved by lowering the trunk lid and a redesigned parcel tray. Honda also says the car offers best-in-class knee room and legroom for a comfortable experience. The boot capacity stands at 506 litres.
In terms of features, the 2020 Honda City will be equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 7-inch digital display for the instrument cluster. The cabin will also get LED lamps and there's ambient lighting in the front footwell. The new City will come with one-touch start/stop, keyless entry, remote engine start, electric sunroof, all auto power windows, rear sunshade, steering mounted paddle-shifters, auto headlamps and follow-me-home lights. It will get connected car tech and will be the first car in India to get Alexa remote compatibility.
The new-generation Honda City will use Ultra High Tensile Strength Steel in its construction with 980 Pa high-grade steel being used for the first time in India on a Honda. The latter promises better rigidity and weight reduction. The model also sports an improved front torsional rigidity for better driving dynamics and comfort at high speeds. The cabin comes with new spray foam sound insulation in body, variable thickness insulator increased up to 3.5 times for engine undercover and full double sealing structure for the doors.
Honda has confirmed that the 2020 City will come with both BS6 compliant petrol and diesel engine options. The car will get the new 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine tuned for 119 bhp at 6600 rpm and 145 Nm at 4300 rpm. The motor will be paired with a 6-speed manual and a CVT unit. There also be the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel on offer with 99 bhp at 3600 rpm and 200 Nm at 1750 rpm, while paired with only the 6-speed manual.
The Honda City petrol will offer an ARAI certified fuel efficiency figure of 17.8 kmpl on the manual, and 18.4 kmpl on the CVT variant. The diesel version will return 24.1 kmpl. The mileage figures are identical to the fourth-generation model that is currently on sale.
The 2020 Honda City will be loaded to the gills on the safety front with the sedan is confirmed to get six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist, Agile Handling Assist, Hill Start, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Honda Lone Watch camera, ISOFIX compatible rear seats, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, multi-angle rear camera, and more.
The New Honda City will be sold in three variants: V, VX and ZX with prices likely to range between Rs 11 lakh and Rs 16 lakh. It’s bound to launch in July. The City will renew its rivalry with the Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid, Maruti Ciaz and VW Vento. The existing petrol-only fourth-gen City is likely to remain on sale alongside the new one. It is priced between Rs 9.91 lakh and Rs 14.31 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).