The 2020 Honda City which is reported to make its world premiere sometime next month in Thailand has been spotted testing in India again. The camouflaged test mule of the C segment sedan features production ready panels and interior.
The spy shots reveal that the taillights are sleeker than before and are mounted slightly lower as well. The boot lid and bumper are restyled to give the sedan a more matured appeal. The profile seems to be carried froward from the current car more or less without any changes.
It is possible that the new City is slightly longer than its predecessor, meaning there would be even more leg room at the rear. The front end would sport LED lights and bolder grille. Latest spy images are credit to Car Dekho. The car has the same profile, as was seen in the earlier spy shots seen below – minus the production ready tail lights.
From the pictures, we can also say that the seats are upholstered in beige and the rear bench gets three individual head restraints. We expect the next gen Honda City to incorporate a fresh dashboard design with better materials, a state-of-the-art touchscreen infotainment system, and possibly, a fully digital instrument cluster.
Expected to be underpinned by a slightly improved version of the current monocoque architecture, the 2020 Honda City would have enhanced crash protection and comfort-oriented driving dynamics. As far as powertrain options go, the sedan will be carrying forward the current lineup albeit in BS-6 avatar.
The 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine is expected to benefit from mild hybrid technology which would be subsidized under the government’s FAME-II scheme. In its current avatar, the motor produces 119 hp and 145 Nm of torque. The 1.5-liter diesel engine develops 100 hp and 200 Nm of torque. The petrol variant is likely to be offered with a choice of 5-MT and CVT while the oil burner would be employing a 6-MT.
The C sedan segment has been losing its ground steadily to crossovers in the same price bracket but the rivalry between the Honda City, Maruti Ciaz and Hyundai Verna for the segment crown continues to be fierce. The significant styling and equipment updates are expected to stretch the Japanese sedan’s advantage over its rivals. New gen Honda City will launch in India by early 2020.