Japanese auto major Honda did the much-awaited world premiere of the fifth-generation City sedan in Thailand. We are expecting the same model- with a few changed here there, to be launched in India in 2020.
Honda has given the City numerous facelifts, as well as upgrades around the world and City 2020, would be the car’s fifth-generation avatar.
The new model of the sedan comes with major and significant changes not only to the exteriors and interiors but also under the hood. The new-generation Honda City looks inspired by the Honda Accord, but there are several unique design elements as well.
It gets features like chrome front grille, projector headlights with LED DRLs, LED tail lights, shark fin antenna and newly-designed 15-inch alloy wheels, to give it a bold and different look.
There is a redesigned layout for the dashboard and a completely black interior is complemented by the two-tone (ivory/black) leather seats to give it a more sporty look.
Inside the cabin, it offers more space compared to the current or any previous model. While the other features include a Multi-information Display (MID) with illumination, 8-inch Advanced Touch Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Siri Voice Control, the multi-function steering wheel with HFT, Bluetooth connectivity, and an automatic air-conditioning system sums up to the premium feel.
In terms of safety, the 2020 Honda City gets features like a G-force control body structure, six airbags, anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution, vehicle stability assist, hill start assist and a multi-angle rear-view camera
The Thailand-spec 2020 Honda City is powered by a new 3-cylinder, 12-valve, 1.0-litre VTEC turbo engine making 122 PS and 173 Nm of peak torque. The motor is mated to a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with paddle shift option. The mill delivers a mileage of 23.8 km per litre, as per the Thai testing standards.
The 2020 Honda City is expected to launch in India with the 1.0-litre VTEC turbo engine option. Besides, the India-spec fifth-generation City will have BS6-compliant 1.5-litre powertrain (petrol and diesel) choices as well.
The 2020 Honda City is expected to come in Indian markets in the first quarter of 2020 ranging somewhere between Rs 11-15 lakh.
The car will go on sale in Thailand from 24 December 2019.