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Honda City RS turbo petrol to launch in India – Rivals Hyundai Verna 1.0

The all-new Honda City debuted in Thailand last year solely with a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine

Honda City RS

Honda Car India plans to launch its all-new ‘5th Gen City’ (seventh generation globally) on July 15. The Japanese automaker initially planned to launch the C-segment sedan back in March but COVID-19 lockdown protocols came in the way. At first, the sedan was expected to come only in BS6 petrol format. However, Honda has later confirmed that it will arrive in both i-VTEC petrol and i-DTEC diesel formats.

In its latest avatar, the Honda City packs several improvements in terms of styling, equipment, performance and safety. We have already covered these in detail. One can expect the car to be a dominant figure in a segment dominated by the likes of Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid, Toyota Yaris and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.

The all-new City made its global debut in Thailand last year alongside a sportier ‘RS’ version. Either variant is powered by a 1.0-litre turbo petrol VTEC three-cylinder engine making 120bhp @ 5,500rpm and 173Nm @ 2,000-4,500rpm. It is available mated only to a 7-step CVT.

Thai-spec Honda City and City RS
Thai-spec Honda City and City RS

Honda Car India apparently plans to introduce the powertrain on our market in BS6 specification. This could result in a slight output drop even though it might not affect real-world performance. Compared to the regular variant, the Honda City RS packs some blacked-out details and lacks chrome elements.

Honda claims that the 1.0-litre turbo mill can return a fuel economy of 23.8km/l. In comparison, the current Indian-spec BS6 Honda City has an ARAI-rated fuel economy of 17.8km/l, 18.4km/l and 24.1km/l in petrol MT, petrol CVT and diesel MT formats, respectively.

2020 Honda City
Indian-spec Honda City BS6

Coming to output figures, the newly-developed 1.5-litre NA petrol i-VTEC motor churns out 119bhp @ 6,600rpm and 145Nm @ 4,300rpm. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual (BS4 model came with a 5-speed) and 7-step CVT. On the other hand, the Honda City diesel (1.5-litre i-DTEC) comes only with a 6-speed manual. It generates 99bhp @ 3,600rpm and 200Nm @ 1,750rpm.

Once launched, the Honda City RS 1.0 will be a direct rival to Hyundai Motor India’s Verna 1.0 GDi which makes 118bhp @ 6,000rpm and 172Nm @ 1,500-4,000rpm. The power plant is mated to a 7-speed DCT. Meanwhile, the BS6-compliant Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento share a 1.0-litre turbo petrol TSI engine good for 109bhp @ 5000rpm and 175Nm @ 1,750-4,000rpm. Buyers can choose between a 6-speed manual or 6-speed TC automatic (not available in the entry-level Skoda sedan yet).

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