Honda Insight hybrid 1.5 liter spied in India. Image for reference.
Honda will unveil the 5th generation 2020 City sedan in Thailand on 25th November 2019. This C-segment sedan will be unveiled globally in Thailand just ahead of the 2019 Bangkok Motor Show. Official launch in India is pegged for sometime next year, where it will take the place of the current generation model.
2020 Honda City sedan boasts of a complete revised styling and increased dimensions. It will be sportier in design with large wrap around LED headlamps and tail lamps, a thick chrome bar in the front as is also seen on the Honda Civic and CR-V.
Interiors also get revamped with better interior space, a large touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, multi speaker stereo and electrically adjustable driver seat. The video below has been released by Honda Thailand. Titled, "Honda City Success and Next Challenge", it talks about Honda has Re-Imagined the new City, which will be bigger than dimensions, will be 33% more fuel efficient, etc.
The new City sedan will receive automatic headlamps and wipers, factory tinted glass and an electric sunroof. Safety will be via a total of 6 airbags, traction control, cruise control, tyre pressure monitoring system and ABS with electronic stability program.
The engine lineup for the 2020 Honda City has leaked. It will receive a new 1 liter turbocharged, 4 cylinder petrol engine that is specially designed for Thailand market where Eco car rules receive added tax benefits. This engine will get a Borg Warner turbocharger to offer 120 hp peak power mated to a 6 speed manual and CVT automatic gearbox.
There will also be a 1.5 liter petrol engine that gets Honda's new e:HEV mild hybrid system which also made its debut on the new Jazz. This engine gets a 6 speed manual and CVT gearbox. Exclusively for India, the 2020 Honda City will also receive a 1.5 liter diesel engine that currently powers the 4th gen City sedan.
This engine will be upgraded to BS6. Current output of this engine is at 100 hp and 200 Nm torque in its BS4 format. Petrol 1.5 liter engine is also going to be updated to BS6 norms. Transmission options will include manual as well as CVT auto.
The new Honda City will be made in India, just like the current City. Thanks to high amount of localization, it will allow Honda Cars India to launch the sedan at an aggressive price. Expected starting price is around Rs.10 lakhs. Like its current counterpart, the 2020 Honda City will also rival the likes of Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid.