Honda has finally unfurled the curtains on India’s fifth-gen City after a three-month delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is a major departure from its predecessor in terms of not only looks but facilities as well.
The Thai-spec City that was launched last year looks just like this. The style is sleeker, and from quite a few angles you can remember both the Amaze and the bigger Civic. Compared to its predecessor it is not only high on equipment but also in size. Look ahead.
|DIMENSTIONS||2020 Honda City||Old Honda City||Difference|
|Length||4,549mm||4,440mm||109mm(2020 city is longer)|
|Width||1,748mm||1,695mm||53mm(2020 city is wider)|
|Height||1,489mm||1,495mm||6mm(city is shorter)|
|Boot Space||506litres||510mm||4 litres(2020 city has less space)|
It is equipped with Honda’s ‘Solid Wing Face’ grille, flanked by full-LED headlights (nine LED micro units) with daytime running lamps on the front. The side profile gets a solid shoulder line and 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, while the back gets LED tail lamps wraparound. Yes, there’s even a sunroof.
Inside, with support from Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Weblink, the City receives a larger than before 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit. It also gets remote control and connected car technology from Amazon Alexa that allows remote operation of the engine start / stop, unlock and sunroof. Higher variants are also equipped with a semi-digital instrument cluster with a 7-inch screen displaying a g-meter to show the acceleration and tyre pressure monitor magnitude and direction. The cabin gets beige leatherette upholstery, adjustable headrests for all five passengers, as well as all five seatbelts with 3-point.
The airbags offer a wide range of safety features: ABS with EBD, a hill start assist, a vehicle stability control and a LaneWatch Civic camera that shows a field on the other side of the driver on the information screen. Dual forward airbags, rear parking sensors and ISOFIX child seat anches should be the standard protection. Standard security In the ASEAN NCAP crash evaluations, Honda City, Thai-specific scored five points.
The new City continues to draw power from the 1.5-liter engine range of the current city. The gasoline supplies 121PS (up by 2PS), while the diesel belt supplies the same 100PS. As standard, the petrol and diesel engines have a six-speed manual transmission. Only the petrol engine is available with a seven-step CVT option.
|Engine||Transmission||Power||Torque||Fuel efficiency as per ARAI|
|1.5L i-VTEC(Petrol)||6MT(new) CVT||121PS@6600rpm||145Nm@4300rpm||MT – 17.8 kmpl CVT-18.4 KMPL|
|1.5L i-DTEC(Diesel)||6MT||100PS@3600rpm||200Nm@1750rpm||24.1 kmpl|
The Honda City will be available in three variants: V, VX, and ZX with prices expected to range from Rs 11 to Rs 16 lakh. It’s expected to launch in July and by the end of this month, you’ll definitely get drive updates from CarDekho. The City’s rivalry with the Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid, Maruti Ciaz, and VW Vento will renew. The current fourth-gen petrol-only City is likely to stay on sale alongside the fresh. It is priced between the lakh Rs 9.91 and the lakh Rs 14.31 (ex-showroom Delhi) “as reported by cardekho.com.”
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