Expect the new, fifth-gen Honda City to arrive in India around mid-2020; will also be launched as a hybrid.
Not too long ago, the fifth-gen Honda City was revealed in Thailand. Now, we've caught the new generation model testing in India as well, which confirms the fact that Honda is gearing up to launch the new City here. While a launch date is yet to be confirmed, we're expecting it to be around mid-2020. And yes, the fifth-gen Honda City will also debut as a hybrid model here.
As we've already seen the updated model in Thailand, it can be confirmed that the fifth-gen model is bigger than the outgoing generation - 100mm longer, 53mm wider and 28mm lower, to be specific. Based on the spy shots, the India-spec model will also get similar styling changes as the international-spec model. Expect the front & rear profiles to receive the bulk of the changes, while the side profile will be more or less unchanged. Expect new, sharper-looking all-LED lighting units as well.
As for the engine options, the 2020 City could mark the debut of the BS-VI version of the existing 1.5-litre diesel unit, as recent reports suggest that Honda will stop selling the diesel variants of the current City (BS-IV) post the BS-VI deadline and will continue with the petrol powertrain that was recently upgraded to meet the new emission norms.
Further, the 1.5-litre petrol unit is likely to be clubbed with Honda's two-motor hybrid system on the 2020 City. Based on international reports, the new City is supposed to share its hybrid system with the recently-updated Honda Jazz. This means both cars get Honda's new e: HEV two-motor hybrid drive. However, for India, we're yet to determine whether Honda will bring this new hybrid system on the 2020 City or if it will continue with the existing Sport Hybrid i-MMD two-motor hybrid system (also found on the current India-spec Honda Accord). Transmission options are likely to be carried over from the current model.
While we wait for the final look of the 2020 India-spec Honda City, here's how the international-spec model looks in the metal: