The next-gen Honda City for India will be bigger, spacious and more modern.
Japanese automaker, Honda had introduced the current-generation City sedan in November 2013. The current model is already 5 years old and has started showing its age. With rising competition and arrival of new models in the mid-sized sedan segment, Honda is aiming to give a major makeover to its popular sedan. According to Headlightmag, the next-gen Honda City could make global debut by the end of this year. The new model is likely to be launched in Thailand first, followed by other nations including India.
Not much about the design of the next-gen Honda City sedan has been revealed. However, media reports claim that the sedan could share styling cues with the latest Honda Accord and Honda Insight. The new model will look similar to its global model and will be loaded with several modern day features. Also See – All-new Honda City will be bigger & fuel efficient
The next-generation Honda City sedan is expected to be based on the upgraded version of the existing platform. The Thai-spec model will receive a new 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre turbocharged VTEC petrol engine. This engine will have a 12-Valve DOHC head and will feature both VTEC and Dual VTC variable valve systems. This engine is expected to offer a maximum torque of 200Nm. Transmission options is likely to include a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic unit. This petrol engine will be compatible with E85 petrol-ethanol blend.
Report also claims that the next-gen Honda City will receive a mild-hybrid system. It is expected to come with the i-MMD dual-motor powertrain that will be comprised with a 1.5-litre petrol engine and two electric motors. Previous reports also claim that the India-spec model could be offered with a mild-hybrid petrol engine. The company is not likely to launch the full-hybrid version of the sedan, which will be expensive for the price sensitive Indian market. Read – New Honda City – 5 Things to know
For Indian market, the next-gen Honda City could make debut at the 2020 Auto Expo. A possible launch in the first quarter of the 2019 can’t be ignored. The sedan will take on the likes of Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the upcoming Tata’s mid-sized sedan.
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