Next-Gen Honda City 2020: What To Expect
Honda might launch the fifth-gen City early next year, probably at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo The fifth-gen...
Honda might launch the fifth-gen City early next year, probably at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo
- The fifth-gen City is expected to be based on a new platform
- Honda is already working on the new-gen Jazz overseas; current Jazz and City share platform
- Could get a new more powerful 1.5-litre petrol engine
- The 1.5-litre diesel is expected to be carried forward
- Expect Honda to offer the diesel-CVT powertrain, like the Amaze
*Images are for representative purpose.
If the City’s usual life-cycle is anything to go by, Honda normally brings a new generation of the City after every 5-6 years. As the current fourth-gen model was launched in January 2014, the time has probably come for the new-gen City to arrive. Here’s what we expect from the fifth-gen Honda City.
Introduction and launch
Like the outgoing fourth-gen model, which had its global debut in India, the new model could make its debut here later in 2019 followed by its launch in early 2020 or at the 2020 Indian Auto Expo (February). The fourth-gen model was premiered in India in 2013 and was launched in January 2014. And it isn’t surprising since India is the City’s largest market and the nameplate has already been here for 2 decades, as it was first launched in 1998.
Design and features
Pictured: 2019 Honda Civic
The Honda City has mostly been inspired by the corresponding Civic, and the fifth-gen model is expected to be no exception. Honda radically changed the Civic when it introduced its tenth generation globally (it’s coming to India as well very soon) and it now gets a low-slung, coupe-like design. Even the new Accord has adopted the coupe-like silhouette of the Civic. We expect the City to follow suit; so expect racy lines, slightly lower stance and extended C-pillar.
The current-gen City is already a feature-rich car with LED lighting inside-out, sunroof, up to 6 airbags, machine finished wheels and leather upholstery on offer in the top variant. Expect the new City to borrow goodies from its bigger siblings, the Civic and CR-V, like the Honda LaneWatch (a camera placed under the left ORVM sends a feed to the infotainment system which lets you quickly glance at the traffic) and a 7-inch fully digital instrument cluster.
Pictured: Honda Civic
The fifth-gen Honda City has is expected to be offered with both petrol and diesel engine options, like the outgoing model. The diesel is expected to be carried forward, but there are chances that Honda might introduce a new, naturally aspirated, 1.5-litre petrol engine from its Earth Dreams family of engines. The new BS VI 1.5-litre petrol will also be more powerful and torquier than the current 1.5-litre engine as it will be a direct injection unit. Expect it to be more fuel efficient too. Honda claims 17.4kmpl (MT) and 18.0kmpl (CVT) mileage for the current petrol-powered City.
1.5-litre i-VTEC (Old)
1.5-litre i-VTEC DI (New)
119PS @ 6600rpm
130PS @ 6600rpm (+11PS)
145Nm @ 4600rpm
155Nm @ 4600rpm (+10Nm)
5-speed MT/ CVT
6-speed MT/ CVT
The fifth-gen City is also expected to get an engine from Honda’s newest VTEC Turbo family, just like the upcoming fourth-gen Jazz. The engine in question is currently offered with the India-bound Civic globally. It is a 1.0-litre, 3-cylinder, turbocharged petrol unit rated to deliver 126PS of maximum power at 5500rpm and 200Nm of peak torque at 2250rpm in the UK-spec Civic sedan.
While the diesel is likely to be carried forward as is, it could get an automatic transmission option this time around. Honda introduced a CVT with the 1.5-litre diesel engine in the second-gen Amaze last year. There’s a high probability that the upcoming City will also offer a diesel-CVT combo. Sedans from Hyundai (Verna) and Volkswagen Group (Vento and Rapid) already offer a diesel automatic option in the segment.
Prices and Rivals
The fourth-gen City is currently priced in the range of Rs 9.70 lakh to Rs 14.05 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Expected the fifth-gen model to be priced in the range of Rs 10-15 lakh (ex-showroom), given the expected diesel automatic combo. It will renew its rivalry with the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Toyota Yaris, VW Vento and the Skoda Rapid.
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