Honda is gearing up to launch the fifth-gen City in India soon. Since it is a generation change, the new City gets completely redesigned aesthetics inside-out along with a beefed-up features list. The new City made its global premiere in November 2019 in Thailand. So, while we will have to wait for a month to see the new sedan in the flesh, here are the 5 things you should know about the 2020 City.
- New City Will be better equipped; The 2020 City will also get a new 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with connected features like remote start/stop and cabin pre-cool. This will replace the current 7-inch unit.
- Bigger dimensions; The New City has grown in dimensions. The Thai-spec City is 113mm longer and 53mm wider than the current India-spec City which is 4440mm long and 1695mm wide. However, the wheelbase has gone down by 11mm and now measures 2589mm. Expect the India-spec City to have similar dimensions.
- New City Will continue to get a set of 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines; While the new City will remain largely unchanged under the hood. It will continue to be powered by the same set of 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines like the current car but in BS6 avatar. While the petrol engine has already been updated to BS6 norms and continues to make 119PS/145Nm, the BS6 diesel will be introduced with the new City.
- Diesel CVT like the Amaze; The second-gen Amaze in 2018, Honda introduced the option of a CVT with the 1.5-litre diesel engine. Now, with the new-gen sedan, this engine-transmission combination is expected to debut on the CIty as well.
- A hybrid version is on the cards; While Honda will offer the new City with a set of BS6 petrol and diesel engines at launch, a hybrid version of the sedan is said to be under consideration. Although Honda has not said anything about the hybrid City yet, we expect it will share its powertrain with the new fourth-gen Jazz, which is already on sale in global markets.