The India-bound 2020 Honda City is going to make world premiere in Thailand on 25 November 2019. Just weeks ahead of the official unveiling, the car was spied getting tested on the Indian roads recently.
With the full model change, the Honda City will get completely revamped looks featuring new headlamps, redesigned front bumper, wider grille and a slightly bigger Honda logo. In terms of exteriors, it can be said to draw inspiration from the tenth-gen Honda Accord. Apart from the revamped looks, it will also be kitted with a slew of new and enhanced features such as new touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and connected car solutions, ensuring greater comfort and convenience.
The Thai-spec 2020 Honda City is claimed to be offered with a 1.0-litre VTEC Turbo petrol engine rated to deliver 120 PS of maximum power and 200 Nm of peak torque. The engine will be linked to a 6-speed MT or a CVT. Also, it will feature a hybrid variant with the i-MMD system, this will utilise a 1.5-litre iVTEC petrol engine and two electric motors. Another engine option will be the 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel powerplant which will be carried forward from the outgoing model. This will be updated to BS-VI form and will feature re-worked refinement levels. Unlike in the outgoing model, a CVT option will be available for customers not preferring the 6-speed MT that will be standard.
The base petrol engine in India will be the BS-VI 1.5L i-VTEC unit that will be introduced in the outgoing model shortly. As in the old car, it will be available with a 5-speed MT as standard and with a CVT optionally. A Hybrid variant has been confirmed for our market, but whether it will be a HEV (full-hybrid EV) or a MHEV (mild-hybrid EV) like in international markets remains to be seen.
The fifth-gen Honda City will go on sale in Thailand first, and its India launch will likely happen next year at the Auto Expo 2020.