We reported earlier that Honda is readying the next-gen City sedan, which is expected to make the global debut in Thailand this year. In India, the 5th generation Honda City will make public debut at the 2020 Auto Expo. The 2020 Honda City has been spotted testing for the first time in India. The spotted model was under heavy camouflage with the headlight and the tail-light enclosures seem to be empty.
The previous spy images reveal that the 2020 Honda City will have wider wrap-around headlamps with LED units, a new front grille with thick chrome surrounds and a bigger Honda badge in the centre. At the back, the sedan has slim LED tail-lamps inspired by the Civic sedan. Design of the sedan will be inspired by the bigger Honda sedans including Insight and the Accord.
The biggest upgrades will be made inside the cabin. The 2020 Honda City will grow in size and will ride on longer wheelbase, which will result into improved leg room for rear passengers. The company will also improve the quality of material and fit and finish. The 2020 Honda City sedan is likely to receive a new touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support.
There will be soft touch material on dashboard, door panels and leather seating. The new model will receive several high-end safety and security features. Dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, rear parking sensors, seat-belt reminder and speed alert will come as standard. The range-topping model will get multiple airbags, hill launch assist, electric sunroof, reverse camera, etc.
To be based on the upgraded version of the existing platform, the new Honda City will receive the BSVI compliant engines. The petrol version will get the 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine that is capable of producing of 118bhp of power and 145Nm of torque. The company also plans a mild-hybrid system for the new Honda City.
The diesel version will get the 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine that also powers the Amaze sedan. This engine is capable of producing 99bhp of power and 200Nm of torque. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic with paddle shifters. The company is also working on the full hybrid system, which will be introduced in the global markets.
Set to launch in the first quarter of 2020, the next generation Honda City will be produced at the company’s Greater Noida plant. The sedan will take on the likes of the Maruti Ciaz and the Hyundai Verna.