India-spec 2020 Honda City revealed ahead of launch
Honda revealed key details about the City of the fifth generation ahead of its launch next month. The 2020 Honda City, which will be sold with options for petrol and diesel engines, is bigger, and it’s getting more features and technology than the model it’ll replace.
The new City is based on what Honda calls a ‘newly designed’ platform, making it structurally lighter, safer, and more rigid than the outgoing model. It’s also said the platform will improve the driving dynamics and NVH levels of the car. The 2020 Honda City measures in terms of dimensions 4,549 mm in length, 1,748 mm in width, 1,489 mm in height, with a wheelbase of 2,600 mm wide.
The new City is 109 mm longer, 53 mm wider, and has an identical wheelbase compared with the outgoing fourth-gen model but is 6 mm shorter in height. The boot size for the 2020 Honda City is at 506 liters.
The fifth-gen City is gaining a new BS6-compliant petrol engine, as we had previously reported. The machine displaces 1.5 liters and puts out the torque of 121hp (an improvement of 2hp) and 145Nm. The new engine (code: L15B) is equipped with an all-new architecture and a Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) valve gear setup. The gearbox options will include a six-speed manual and an automatic seven-step CVT. The new City petrol is doing a 17.8kpl ARAI-rated manual and 18.4kpl with the CVT auto.
A diesel engine option will also be on sale, rendering the City one of two sedans in its category to do so. The engine is the 1.5-liter unit of the older car but with the help of a DPF (diesel particulate filter) and NSC (NOx storage catalyst), it has now been upgraded to meet BS6 standards. The engine produces a torque of 100hp and 200Nm and will be mated to a manual gearbox of 6 speeds. With the new City, there is no diesel-CVT auto setup on offer. The fuel efficiency of the diesel is rated at 24.1kpl by ARAI.
Support with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Weblink, Honda Connect telematics system with 32 connected car features and Alexa remote connectivity (first in India), a 7.0-inch MID, electric sunroof, full LED headlamps, and taillamps, 16-inch diamond-cut alloys, auto-dimming IRVM, The 2020 Honda City promises to be feature-rich, with top-spec models having equipment including an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Weblink support,
Top-spec City safety systems include six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake aid, car stability aid, agile steering assist, hill-start assist, a tire strength monitoring system, Honda’s LaneWatch camera (segment-first), ISOFIX infant seat locks, rear locking mirror, and auto headlamps and wipers.
In July, Honda will announce the prices of the fifth generation City. Expect it to cost the current model a prime. In the mid-size sedan segment, the new City rivals Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid, Volkswagen Vento, and Toyota Yaris, as with its predecessor, which will be sold alongside this all-new model.