New Honda City will ride on a longer wheelbase, which in result will offer more space inside the cabin.
It is no secret that Honda has started working on the next-generation City sedan, which is reportedly to debut in Thailand in October 2019. The India-spec model will make debut at the 2020 Auto Expo in February. It is likely to be launched in February-March 2020. The sedan will take on the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and the next-gen VW Vento and Skoda Rapid.
The all-new Honda City will initially come with the BSVI compliant 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engines. What’s interesting is that the company will also introduce the hybrid version of the mid-sized sedan. It was speculated that the next-gen City will come with a mild-hybrid system. However, the company is now readying the full-hybrid version of the sedan. The City hybrid is expected to be launched in late 2020 or early 2021.
Union Government has recently approved 10,000 crore under the FAME II scheme. In fact, the Government has also gave an assurance to the companies that it will not differentiate between electric and hybrid cars and will offer financial incentives to carmakers. The Government is also giving incentives on local development the lithium-ion batteries for the electric and electric-petrol hybrids.
The all-new Honda City will be bigger, spacious and feature-loaded than the outgoing model. In terms of styling, the new model will be heavily inspired with the global Honda Insight and Accord sedans. The sedan will have familiar look similar to the Insight sedan. The new model will ride on a longer wheelbase, which will allow Honda to create more space inside the cabin.
Honda is aiming at premium segment to improve sales in the market. With new City, Honda is likely to offer segment-leading fit and finish and top-notch material quality. Adding to it, the company will also work on reducing the NVH levels.
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