To be launched in India soon, the new generation 2020 Honda City has been crash tested
Already launched in Thailand, we already knew that the new gen Honda City is bigger, wider, more powerful, more feature rich than the older City. Now, thanks to the ASEAN NCAP crash test, we also know that the new gen 2020 Honda City is also more safer than the old Honda City.
As per the crash test report, new gen Honda City in Thailand has scored a 5 star safety rating for adult occupancy. Here is the overview of the crash test report of 2020 Honda City:
“The new Honda City for 2020 is the third assessment that ASEAN NCAP performed on the model. The first and second assessments were conducted in 2012 and 2014. In the current assessment, the new City obtained 44.83 points in the AOP category, 22.82 points for COP and 18.89 points for SATs. The sedan is fitted with four airbags, Seatbelt Reminder System for both frontal occupants and Electronic Stability Control as standard across all of City’s variants. The City is equipped with an Emergency Stop Signal technology in the Thailand market either as standard or optional fitment. In addition to this, all the safety assist technologies that are assessed by ASEAN NCAP will also be available as either standard or optional in the variants that will be launched soon in some of the markets in South East Asia. Based on the overall score of 86.54 points, the new Honda City is eligible to recieve 5-Star ASEAN NCAP rating.”
In India, new-gen Honda City will be offered in three trims, although the exact names have not been revealed yet. Some new features that are expected to be introduced include 4-airbags, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring system, traction control, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with support for Alexa. Interiors have also been upgraded and they look entirely new.
As seen on the Thai-spec model, new City’s exteriors have undergone a major revamp. The new design appears to be inspired by other Honda cars such as Accord and Civic. Key changes include sportier styling, full-LED headlamps, larger radiator grille, flatter roof, and sculpted bumpers. India-spec new City is expected to get 16-inch alloy wheels, as has been noticed in all test mules spotted in recent times.
Interiors of next-gen City come with a dual-tone colour scheme. Key features include digital instrument cluster, vertically positioned air vents, rotary control dials, adjustable headrests, and steering mounted controls. Chrome accents can be seen on various components such as air vents steering wheel, door and gear housing. As connected car tech is in demand, Honda is likely to introduce eSIM powered internet connected smart features in new City.
Powering new City will be updated BS6 versions of existing petrol and diesel engines. Power and torque output of these engines are yet to be revealed, but it’s expected to be close to that of BS4 models. For records, the existing 1.5-litre BS4 petrol engine generates max power of 117 bhp and max torque of 145 Nm. Engine is mated to a 5-speed manual or 7-step CVT unit. The 1.5-litre BS4 diesel churns out 99 bhp / 200 Nm and comes mated with a 6-speed manual transmission.
It is expected that next-gen City BS6 diesel will offer CVT-automatic as an option. This configuration is already available in Honda Amaze compact sedan. There are also talks about new City getting a mild-hybrid system on the petrol variant. If true, the mild-hybrid model could be launched next year.
New Honda City is expected to go on sale at a starting price of Rs 10-11 lakh. It will continue to rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento.