Honda Cars India has released details of the all-new fifth-generation Honda City, ahead of its launch in July 2020. The much-awaited 2020 Honda City is among the most popular sedans in the country and is synonymous with Honda brand since the company entered the Indian market with the launch of the beloved first generation Honda City. In an industry first, Honda City will be India’s first connected car with Alexa remote capability. It will come with Honda Connect, the company’s connected car technology.
On the design front, Honda is said to be inspired by the Japanese Katana blade, a type of curved sword used by ancient samurai, the 2020 City follows a continuity of lights with a sharp shoulder line that accentuates its premium look and length. This character line runs right from the headlamp all the way to the tail lamp defining its shape, making the hood seem longer, and gives the car a distinguishingly precise and aerodynamic impression. The exterior design combines sportiness and elegance with a more spacious cabin beyond its class making it the longest and widest sedan in its segment.
The concept of interior design is ‘Ambitious Beauty’ which is expressed by pursuing high contrast and sophisticated textures and easy to use functionality. The interior colour, material and finish coordination is a contrast of beige and black to give a clutter-free and open feeling. The instrument panel is made in a horizontal and linear form for improved clarity of the car’s sense and direction. The excellent driving visibility helps to reduce stress and contributes towards a safe drive.
Furthermore, the dashboard gets real stitch soft pad and woody garnish; eight-inch Advanced Touchscreen Display Audio; Click-Feel AC dial with red/blue illumination, high-quality leather steering wheel & and shift lever and soft interior ambient lighting in the front footwell and map lamp with LED interior room lamps. There’s also a seven-inch high definition full-colour TFT Meter for Multi-Function Driver Information Interface like trip meter, real-time fuel efficiency, digital speed and an innovative G-meter.
That’s not all, not by a long shot. The all-new Honda City will also come with a completely newly designed platform. This has resulted in improved high-efficiency performance, increased use of ultra high tensile steel, increased rigidity and weight reduction, improved suspension set-up with reduced friction, improved frontal torsional rigidity and improved NVH levels as well.
Most importantly, the 2020 Honda City will be powered by two BS6-compliant powertrains. First, a 1.5L i-VTEC DOHC with VTC (Variable Valve Timing Control) petrol engine to deliver high fuel efficiency, low emission and spirited driving performance. It will come mated to an all-new six-speed manual transmission or a new seven-speed CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with “full-open acceleration step up-shift control” and “brake operation step down-shift control” for reduced rubber-band effect. This petrol motor will produce 120bhp and 145Nm of torque. ARAI claimed fuel efficiency figures stand at 17.8kmpl (MT) and 18.4kmpl (CVT). On the other hand, there’s also the 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine which will produce 98bhp and 200Nm of torque. This motor can only be had with a six-speed manual transmission. ARAI claimed fuel efficiency figure stands at an impressive 24.1kmpl.
As far as safety is concerned, Honda has equipped the all-new City with 6 airbags, Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Agile Handling Assist (AHA^), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Honda LaneWatch™ Camera, Tire Pressure Monitoring System – Deflation Warning System, Emergency Stop Signal, three-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) Seatbelts and Head Restraints, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) and ISOFIX compatible rear side seats. The 2020 City has even gotten ASEAN N-CAP five-star safety rating equivalent.