Honda Motor Company has started testing the next-generation City. The upcoming Honda sedan has been spotted for the first time in Thailand. It is a mid-size sedan which aims at attracting small families. The fourth-gen City was officially launched in 2014, so, this will be the fifth-gen variant. The 2020 Honda City will be more stylish and feature-packed compared to the existing variant. The company has recently updated the existing City with some safety features, although it will be soon replaced by the new model.
While on the test, the all-new Honda City was completely covered. However, it gives us a glimpse of the car which is assumed to be a C-series sedan. The sedan segment is now ruled by the all-new Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz so, the company might aim at earning back the first position in terms of sales in the range. The next-gen City will be larger and modern compared to the existing version. It is outfitted with new broad headlamps highlighting LED DRLs.
The spied City remains with the same chrome border along with the company’s badge on it. The cabin is expected to be more luxurious and feature-packed highlighting new larger touchscreen infotainment system, a new scheme dashboard and instrument console. The steering wheel will be updated too. We hope that the company expand the headroom and legroom which is not sufficient in the existing model. The interior space must be improved as it is not suitable for all the customers.
The next-gen City is expected to be powered by the same 1.5 Litre petrol engine and a 1.5 Litre diesel motor. Although, it will be BS-VI compliant to satisfy the upcoming emission norm. The company can also improve the safety features as per the new guidelines. Most interestingly, the car will be sold with a mild-hybrid petrol option also. The 1.5 Litre i-DTEC engine makes 99 BHP of max power and 220 Nm of peak torque, combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The 1.5 Litre i-VTEC petrol engine is capable of delivering 117 BHP of max power and 145 Nm of peak torque. This engine is available in 5-speed MT and a CVT gearbox. Moreover, the sedan can be introduced in a Diesel-CVT variant similar to the Amaze. Next-gen Honda City will compete against the likes of Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz, Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid. The global debut of the all-new Honda City is expected to be held next year.
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