2020 Honda City, which will make its local debut next month, will be available with an automatic transmission option for both petrol and diesel engine variants
The Honda City is one of the most successful C2-sedans in India. The current-generation was introduced back in 2014 and got a minor facelift in 2018. Now, the company will be introducing the next-generation model in the country by the middle of next month. The market launch will likely take place in the first month of the next fiscal.
The 2020 Honda City was recently launched in Thailand, and a lot of major changes have happened on the car. The exterior and interior design is completely new compared to the older model. As for the mechanicals, there are new powertrains on the Thai-model, but we don’t expect these engines to reach Indian shores, at least not in the immediate future.
The 2020 Honda City is expected to be offered with the same engine options as the current model. First will be a 1.5-litre petrol which is capable of generating 119PS and 145Nm. The second is a 1.5-litre diesel that produces 100PS and 200Nm. Both these engines will be BSVI-compliant. Transmission options will include a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic transmissions for both petrol variant and diesel versions. This is something that we saw on the Amaze and the upcoming Maruti Ciaz-rival will follow suit. There might be a mild-hybrid system on offer as well, perhaps as a standard fitment on the top-trim.
The exterior changes are quite evident as compared to the current City sedan. The new model is longer, wider, but will have a lower height and smaller wheelbase. The front fascia will now resemble its siblings, the Amaze and Civic. The rear will have a much cleaner look, with LED-taillamps and maybe even a bold “CITY” badge on the boot lid, like many other vehicles currently in the market.
2020 Honda City is slated for launch in India very soon
Upon launch, the 2020 Honda City will compete with the likes of Maruti Ciaz, Toyota Yaris, Skoda Rapid, VW Vento, and the upcoming Hyundai Verna facelift. Prices are expected to be significantly higher than those of the outgoing model.