The next-generation 2020 Honda City might still take a few months to reach India. Till then, you can enjoy this review of the new City sedan in Thailand.
The next-gen Honda City is due for a launch in India soon. As Honda had decided to skip the Auto Expo 2020, we couldn’t get a glimpse of the upcoming sedan. Thankfully, a few foreign media channels have been able to get their hands on one. Here is a complete review of the car by a Thai YouTube channel, ‘thaiautonews’.
2020 Honda City RS review | Video by 'thaiautonews'
The car in the video above is the Thai-spec 2020 Honda City RS. If you’ve been following IndianAuto, you will be aware that Honda has launched a sportier version of the City sedan, known as the City RS, in Thailand. It is powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine which can generate a max power of 122 PS and a peak torque of 173 Nm. It is mated to a CVT gearbox with paddle shifters, with no manual gearbox on offer at the moment.
Apart from the engine mentioned above, the City is also available with a new 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated inline-4 engine with mild-hybrid assistance. According to the reviewer, the feel and response of the steering are quite nice. He also commented on the interior space, which he found to be ample.
The India-spec version will be similar to the Thai-version, at least in terms of design
The new-generation Honda City sports a completely new look on the outside as well as on the inside. Starting from the front, the face of the car is now flatter than before, and sports a new, huge horizontal chrome slat. These design details are inspired by the Civic and Amaze. The side profile has some major changes, like the shoulder line that now runs above the door-handles instead of below. The ORVMs are now door-mounted instead of window-mounted, and the design of the alloy wheels is also fresh. The rear now gets LED taillamps, and the boot has a stubby, concave design.
The India-spec Honda City is expected to be different from the Thai-version, but most of the changes will be limited to engine options. The current-gen City is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel. The former is good for 119 PS and 145 Nm, and comes paired to either a 5-speed manual or a CVT automatic. The diesel motor produces 100 PS and 200 Nm, and is offered with just a single gearbox option, a 6-speed manual. The same engines are expected to feature under the hood of the next-gen model, but upgraded to meet BS6 emission norms.