Honda City has been the best selling car in its segment for many years. But since the launch of rivals like Maruti Ciaz and Hyundai Verna, Honda City has lost its dominance in the segment. Today, the situation is such that all three – City, Verna and Ciaz have similar sales in India.
But, Honda wants to change that, and for that, they will soon be launching the new City in India. Already launched in Thailand for a starting price of Rs 13.7 lakhs approx, the new City is larger than before.
2020 City is the longest car in the segment, with 4553 mm length. In comparison, current City is 4440 mm, current Verna is 4440 mm and the Ciaz is 4490 mm. New City is also the widest car in the class with 1748 mm width.
The new Honda City takes on design cues from the current generation Honda Civic sedan which is currently on sale in India. The updated model will receive sharper headlamps, with all LED units at the front and rear, a Honda signature chrome bar, coupe style sloping roofline and larger ORVMs. It will also receive a shark fin antenna, shorter tail segment and a well sculpted boot lid.
Interiors also get updated with better space and roominess. It will be seen with a dual tone colour schemes, adjustable rear headrests, a digital instrument console, new touchscreen infotainment system and is also expected to get connected car technologies as are seen on the MG Hector and Kia Seltos.
Honda Thailand has confirmed a 33% improvement in fuel efficiency, thanks to the new 1 liter turbo petrol engine. It is not clear if India will get this new engine or not. The current 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol engine with BS6 along with the 1.5 liter diesel BS6 are going to be on offer with the 2020 City in India.
Transmission options could include a 6 speed manual and CVT automatic. The higher variants may get the 1.5 liter i-VTEC petrol engine coupled with Honda’s new 2 motor e:HEV mild hybrid system which is a smaller version of the i-MMD tech, which made its debut on the new gen Jazz.