Honda Motor Company had launched the 2020 City in Thailand at the Thai Motor Expo in November last year, and the fifth-gen version of the C-segment sedan might make an entry into the Indian market in March this year as Honda starts sending media invites for upcoming car and we are expecting it as Next-Gen Honda City. The 2020 City was also caught testing on Indian roads recently, fully covered in camouflage.
As compared to the current-gen model, the Thai-spec fifth-gen City is 113 mm longer (4,553 mm) and 53 mm wider (1,748 mm). However, the outgoing model has a 11 mm longer wheelbase (2,600 mm), and is 28 mm taller (1,495) than the fifth-gen City. The new-gen Honda City comes with features like LED headlamps and taillights, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, cruise control, six airbags and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), to name a few.
However, we expect the 2020 City to get some additional features which the Thai-spec model misses out on, including an electric sunroof, rear parking sensors, a digital multi-info display, rear AC vents and more. Powering the 2020 City are 1.5-litre diesel and petrol powertrains, which put out 117 hp/145 Nm and 100 hp/200 Nm respectively. Both powertrains can be had with either a 6-speed manual transmission, or a CVT. Honda also introduced a new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with a new model dubbed ‘City RS Turbo’.
The said unit produces 122 hp of maximum power and 173 Nm peak torque, and can only be had with a CVT. However, Honda will not be introducing the said engine with the next-gen City in the Indian market. The Indian-spec City will be offered with BS6-compliant 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines, with the former already on offer with the current-gen model. The transmission duties will be handled by a 5/6-speed MT, or an optional CVT. Upon launch, the 2020 City will continue to compete against the likes of other C-segment sedans including the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, the upcoming 2020 Hyundai Verna facelift, Toyota Yaris, 2020 Skoda Rapid, as well as the Volkswagen Vento.