Bookings of the upcoming next-gen Honda City are already open. However, the launch of the car would be delayed amid the Coronavirus outbreak.
Honda Cars India was all set to showcase the new City on March 16. However, with the n-COVID-19 cases on a rise, the manufacturer was forced to indefinitely defer the national media event and thereby, unveil the new model at a late date. Furthermore, with the lockdown announced across 75 districts of the country, Honda has announced a cold shut for all of its manufacturing facilities. The company is yet to officially announce the launch date of the new sedan but one should not be surprised if the introduction of the new vehicle in the market is deferred by some weeks.
On the other hand, the C2-segment sedan's chief-rival, Hyundai Verna, is all set to receive a facelift and will be launched on the 26th of this month. The Verna facelift has already started reaching the dealerships, and thus, Hyundai will possibly announce the prices for the car on the 26th itself.
Talking of the new Honda city, it will be an all-new car from the ground up. However, it will use the same 1.5L i-VTEC engine of the outgoing car but with a revised peak power output of 121 PS. It will be offered with a 5-speed MT and a CVT option. The diesel motor will also be carried over from the outgoing car with similar power and torque output of 100 PS and 200 Nm, respectively. The diesel variants of the car will be offered with two transmission options – 6-speed MT and CVT. However, the oil-burner-equipped versions could be launched at a later stage.
The refreshed Hyundai Verna, on the other hand, will just receive a mid-life refresh, but with 3 new engines on offer. The first on the list is a 1.5L 115 PS 4-cylinder N/A petrol with 6-speed manual gearbox and CVT. Next is a 1.5L 4-cylinder turbo-diesel belting out a peak power output of 115 PS. It will be offered with a 6-speed MT and a 6-speed AT. The last and most powerful of the lot is a 1.0L 3-cylinder turbocharged petrol motor that would produce 120 PS, although, it would only be offered with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The new City will be longer than the outgoing car.
With the introduction of the Hyundai Verna facelift and next-gen Honda City, the C2-segment is going to witness a lot of action in the coming days. These sedans will compete against the Maruti Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento, and Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI. The Ciaz has been the market leader for quite some time now, but with no diesel engine option on its side, it would be exciting to see how would it fares against the new versions of two of its strongest adversaries.