The 2020 Honda City has been spied in India for the very first time. The next-gen model was spotted doing rounds on the public roads near Ghaziabad (exteriors of New Delhi).
The next-gen Honda City's development took place in Thailand and it has reached India for its local testing. As seen in the spy shots, it's being tested directly in production body. Another detail evident is that it will feature an evolutionary design.
While the test mule spotted in Thailand and India both were completely camouflaged, it can be figured out that the next-gen Honda City will have fully redesigned bumpers, more aggressive headlamps, Honda Civic-style radiator grille and a flatter rear-end. It seems like the all-new model will look bolder and sportier.
The interior design of the current model is barely at par compared to its chief rival Hyundai Verna. The next-gen model's interior is yet to be seen. Like several other premium models launched in India recently, it may pack many connected vehicle technologies.
The next-gen Honda City will be introduced with BS-VI 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and BS-VI 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engines in India. The petrol engine will likely be linked to a standard 5-speed MT or an optional CVT, while the diesel will be paired with a standard 6-speed MT or an optional CVT.
Internationally, in addition to the standard variant, there will be a full-hybrid variant with the i-MMD system comprising a 1.5-litre petrol engine and two electric motors as well. Whether it will be offered right from the launch or not is yet to be known. An electrified variant will be offered in India also, likely from 2021, but whether it will pack the same, full-hybrid powertrain or a cheaper, mild-hybrid powertrain hasn't been revealed yet.
The next-gen Honda City could have its world premiere at Auto Expo 2020 and be launched in India at the same event.