The new-generation Honda City is coming soon and while the car is expected to go on sale in India in 2020, some reports claim that the Honda City 2020 could be unveiled this year end. If this happens, the car could be seen in its production form early next year. The City is a very important car for Honda in India and been a segment leader for a very long time with the Maruti Ciaz now giving it serious competition. The fan following for the Honda City is so huge that even after the launch of Honda Civic many are waiting for its launch eagerly.
We have now come across some spy shots of the car testing in its production form. Check these images out below. Honda has begun road testing the fifth-gen City on Thailand’s roads and this is the new Honda City that will replace the current fourth-gen model that made its debut back in 2014. The Japanese brand is expected to bring the new City to India sometime next year and to know more about the car’s design, expected price and specifications, scroll down below.
Honda City 2020 Price in India
|Minimum Price||Rs 10 lakhs|
|Maximum Price||Rs 18 lakhs|
|Mild hybrid Price||Rs 19 lakhs|
Honda would not like to play around too much with the pricing of the Honda City new model. There might be an increment only for the top model. This will be the variant that will get the most number of features, hence the pricing will be higher. The entry-level model shall be offered with dual airbags, ABS and even ISOFIX. Hence we reckon the pricing of the new City 2020 to be somewhere in the range of Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 18 lakhs (on-road). The engines of the City will be BS-VI compliant. This will also be a reason for a slight price increase, especially in the diesel version. Honda is working on the City hybrid too, but that is still some time away.
Honda City 2020 Launch Date
|Honda City 2020||January 2020|
We expect the Honda City 2020 to be launched by mid-2020 or maybe at the 2020 Auto Expo but the current understanding is that the new-gen will make it into production by 2020. We think it will be another way and the 2020 Honda City shall be made available by 2020 itself as Honda has been particular about its 5-year cycle.
Honda City 2020 Model Design
The Honda City 2020 is based on the Honda Design C-001 Concept which was shown 2 years ago at the Chinese Auto Expo. Many new design elements will be seen for the first time on the new Honda City and will also be seen for the first time in a two-door coupe avatar. The car’s design will take a departure from aggressive and lean design to a more flowing and upmarket look. The dimensions of the new city will not change much although the wheelbase will be slightly increased. Also, ground clearance will be better and this will be a wider car than the current version. which will increase rear passenger space. The new City shall be sporty, sleek, stylish and shall offer a lot more on in terms of design appeal.
Honda City 2020 New Platform
The fifth-generation is based on a new platform. It will be more rigid, safer and lighter too, by using high tensile steel. The design of the new City will be the sleekest of all the generations yet which will make it look more sporty and at the same time, it will be more premium and stylish. Honda will try and make the utilization of space in the City based on the new platform better. The car will become a little longer and wider too which will result in giving it more headroom and overall ground clearance is also thought to become better. The suspension set up will be tweaked and improved for its already good ride quality.
Honda City 2020 Interiors
Here is where the biggest changes will occur. The new dashboard will be radical. Some of the design bits will be lifted from the Civic styling even though the current version of the City is more about being elegant. The first-gen City character is likely to come back with a hint of sportiness though, there shall be a long list in the offering. to begin with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink.
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This model should even get wireless charging, ventilated seats, rear AC vents and leather upholstery and in terms of safety, higher models will have six airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX and even traction control. The additional features in the Honda City 2020 will include a sunroof and even controls for the music system from the rear seat. In terms of space, there should be a reasonable improvement in the cabin space. We expect the City to grow wider than longer which will mean ample room for three passengers on the rear seat. The City has been practical for storage but the boot should be about 500 liters in space on the 2020 Honda City.
Honda City 2020 New Engine
The engines will remain the same 1.5-litre petrol and diesel mill which will be enhanced for improvement in performance and even mileage. The big change and addition to the line-up will be the offering of a CVT gearbox with the diesel i-DTEC engine. This is will help the City claw back sales from the Verna which has a good amount of buyers in the ‘Diesel Automatic’ segment.
Honda City 2020 Specifications
|Engine||1.5-litre petrol||1.5-litre diesel|
|Transmission||6-speed manual/ CVT||6-speed manual / CVT|
There will not be a change in the major specifications of the Honda City 2020. The 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine will continue to power this sedan which will churn about 120 horses in power and about 145-150Nm of maximum torque. In terms of transmission, it will get a six-speed manual and a CVT option. This has been an exciting petrol engine for years now. There is more than sufficient torque in it across the rev range. This means to drive in city traffic you will not need to change gears very often making it convenient. To overtake as well, you will not need to downshift that often.
The second engine on offer will be the 1.5-litre diesel which should churn somewhere in the range of 98-105bhp. It will have a torque of 200Nm and a six-speed manual will be offered. The turning point will be the introduction of a CVT automatic. The Honda Amaze now comes with a diesel CVT and the City will also get this. With the CVT, power may be kept at around 90bhp which will be much more refined and the NVH levels are also expected to be better. The only downside of the engine is its diesel clatter that intrudes inside the cabin.
We are expecting a hybrid to also be made with the Honda City 2020. We are not certain if the Indian car market will be getting one. But a hybrid version is in the making. This will be powered by a petrol engine.
Honda City 2020 Features
- 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels
- Six airbags
- ABS with EBD
- LED headlamps with daytime running lights
- LED tail lamps
- Touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- Reverse Camera
- Leather Upholstery
- Ventilated seats
- Rear AC vents
- Rear armrest
- Audio controls at the rear
Honda City 2020 Mileage
As we have lived with petrol City and the diesel engine, so it is a lot easier for us to predict its efficiency. The petrol engine should return somewhere in the range of 12-14km/l in the city, while on the open road it increases to about 17-19km/l. The 2020 Honda City diesel version will have a mileage close to 16km/l in the city and the number shoots up to 20-22km/l as we head on the highway.
Honda City 2020 Interior Pictures
Honda City 2020 Exterior Pictures
On the exteriors, the car looks brand new and has a different look form the previous generations of Honda City’s. The front end of the car seems to have been in line with the new Honda Civic that we say this year. There are major changes in the exterior are seen in the back where there is a coupe-styled rear end. The headlights seem to have a led element.
Honda City 2020 Competition
The City faces tough competition from the Harrier and the Verna to some extent. The new car will be a very important launch and will freshen up the Citys image in the market. The new car will come packed with many first in class features and will be a highly localized product. The current Honda City is competing with the Hyundai Verna, the Toyota Yaris and the facelifted Maruti Ciaz.
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