2020 Honda City Spied in Goa A Day After Cancellation of Media Drives

by Yatharth Singh Chauhan | 15/03/2020
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The new-gen 2020 Honda City will launch in India next month and will go on to rival the likes of Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and Toyota Yaris

It's a widely known fact that the next generation of the Honda City is about to launch in the local car market. Ahead of the official introduction next month, the new car was slated to be sampled by the national media in Goa next week. We, at IndianAuto, were scheduled to drive the new vehicle on 17-18th but the menace of the CoronaVirus, along with Goa government's latest advisory, has resulted into an indefinite delay in the test drive of the vehicle. 

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Here is what a message sent to us by the company's PR team read-

Greetings from Honda Cars India.
This is with reference to the media test drive of All New City which was scheduled in Goa next week.  We had been closely monitoring the situation related to the enormity and seriousness of COVID-19. Given the Government advisory and more specifically today’s advisory from the Goa government, I wish to inform you that we have cancelled the test drive event. I sincerely regret the inconvenience caused to you.  Thank you for your cooperation all this while. We will keep you posted on further developments regarding this. 

While it's unforunate that it doesn't look like we would be able to experience the all-new Honda City anytime soon, we totally understand the concern of the organizers. In a recent update, almost 90 people across the contry have tested positive for contamination. With no cure in sight, the entire nation has been alarmed. In fact, Honda Cars India was so close to kickstarting the media drives of the new model that the fleet of cars that were bound to be sampled by us was already flown in to Goa. In line with this, a unit of the next-gen City was recently spotted on a public road of the picturesque town. 

The 2020 Honda City will be available with BSVI-compliant 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engine options. The former will offer 121 PS of maximum power, which will make it the most potent car in its segment as even the upcoming Hyundai Verna facelift, which will have a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol option, will output 120 PS. The outgoing version of the City, on other hand, offers 119 PS. The oil-burner on offer will be an updated version of the current motor. In its present state, this engine offers 100 PS and 200 Nm. Both the engine options will be available with two transmission options each - A 6-speed manual and a CVT. That' said, it's not known if the diesel model would be offered right from the onset of the new model or from a later stage. 

2020 Honda City Spied in Goa a Day After Cancellation of Media Drives

The 2020 Honda City will be sold in three trim levels- V, VX, and ZX. The new model measures 4,549 mm in length, 1,748 mm in width, and 1,489 mm in height. This makes the new model 109 mm longer, 53 mm wider, and 6 mm lower than the outgoing model. Going by the pictures we have seen so far, the new City looks quite handsome and it would be quite interesting to see how it fares against the likes of Maruti Ciaz and Hyundai Verna. 

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