As the BS-VI deadline (1 April 2020) is inching closer, automakers are gearing up to roll out their upgraded models. Now according to a recent government filing, Honda is about to launch the BS-VI City anytime soon.
As opposed to the earlier speculations, which suggested that the current-gen Honda City won't get a BS-VI upgrade as the next-gen Honda City with BS-VI engines is nearly there, it turns out that the existing model will get a BS-VI upgrade. The next-gen model is expected to debut at Auto Expo 2020 and be launched at the same event. The government filing document (above) suggest that the BS-VI model is set for Indian launch very soon. This move will help Honda to clear off the current-gen City stocks without much effort during the BS-IV to BS-VI migration phase.
The engine in question is the BS-VI compliant 1.5-Litre SOHC i-VTEC Inline 4 Cylinder engine which delivers the same 87.7 kW (119 PS) of maximum power at 6,600 rpm as seen it picture above. Also, since the power remains the same, it is also expected that the peak torque of 145 Nm at 4,600 rpm will remain unaltered.
The prices of the current-gen BS-IV Honda City (petrol) start at INR 9.81 lakh* and go up to INR 14.16 lakh*. The BS-VI model is expected to be tad costlier.
The India-bound 2020 Honda City is going to make world premiere in Thailand next month. With the new-gen model, the Honda City will adopt a fresh off the ground front fascia with new headlamps, redesigned front bumper, wider grille and a slightly bigger Honda logo. In terms of the exterior design, it has surely drawn inspiration from the tenth-gen Honda Accord. Also, in addition to the freshly updated design, the new-gen Honda City will also sport a number of new and enhanced features for greater comfort and convenience, such as wireless charging and touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and connected car solutions.