2020 Honda City BS6 launch will happen soon as a lot of test mules have been spotted in recent times
Honda Car India is gearing up to launch the all-new City sedan in the country. The 2020 Honda City BS6 has been teased a few times ahead of its official introduction and unconfirmed reports state that it will be launched in March. Though the exact date of the sedan’s Indian debut remains unknown, the 2020 Honda City was spotted on multiple occasions across the stretches of India, in its test mule avatar.
In fact, prototypes have lately started popping up on public roads at a rate like never before. This hints to nothing else other than a fast-approaching launch timeline. Here is one such test mule spotted in Pune while another one (in the video) was seen in Greater Noida – credit to automotive enthusiast Prem Kumar and Ankur Sharma.
As you can see, the test mule was equipped with an emission testing device at the rear, with the main body placed inside the boot (hence the make-do tapes to prevent the trunk from opening) and the exhaust directed towards it. The was probably a test done by ARAI. The images do not give any hints as to what engine variant it could be, but there are high chances of it to be the upcoming 1.5-litre BS6 diesel mill.
The 2020 Honda City first hit the Thai market towards the end of last year. The Indian version will look a lot similar to it. The latest avatar of the popular sedan comes with full-LED headlamps, sportier styling, updated infotainment system, sunroof and a host of other desirable equipment to give it an edge over its competitors. The Honda City mainly rivals the likes of the Hyundai Verna (new model is coming), Skoda Rapid, Volkswagen Vento and of course, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
The fifth-generation Honda City (seventh globally) will come in both BS6 petrol and diesel formats, with respective 1.5-litre four-cylinder mills. Various reports state the petrol engine would feature mild-hybrid technology as in the latest Honda Jazz hatchback avatar that made its global debut recently. As expected, the 2020 Honda City will be available in both manual (5-speed in petrol and 6-speed in diesel) and CVT automatic formats.
The outgoing Honda City has also been updated to BS6, for the petrol variant. It is still a decent choice and you may be able to source one at a reasonable discount at your nearest dealership. The previous-gen Honda City is also powered by 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. The petrol is good for 117bhp and 145Nm while the diesel engine makes 99bhp and 200Nm. The figures are expected to see an appreciable increment in the new 2020 Honda City new gen.