Honda has revealed the engine specifications, features and equipment of the upcoming fifth-gen City for the Indian market. The mid-size sedan will be offered with an all-new 1.5-litre petrol engine, along with the company's tried-and-tested 1.5-litre diesel mill.
Honda has dropped the first set of pictures of the all-new India-spec City. More importantly, the company has also revealed crucial details of the upcoming fifth-gen model of its mid-size sedan.
As we already know, the all-new City was unveiled a while ago in Thailand. The fifth-gen model is based on an all-new platform and gets significant updates on the design front. The front fascia is now in line with Honda’s other new models, like the Civic sedan, and it features sleeker LED headlamps and a sharper nose. The side profile doesn’t look remarkably different from the current model, but at the rear, the new City gets significant updates, which include LED tail-lamps and a new bumper. The India-spec model will come with 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. Overall, the new City looks quite good.
Thanks to the new platform, the City is over 100mm longer and 53mm wider than the current model. The wheelbase is 6mm shorter at 2,600mm, while its height, at 1,489mm, is around 28mm lower than the fourth-gen model. According to Honda, the new platform brings substantial weight savings, but the torsional rigidity has increased. The new City was also awarded a 5-star safety rating by ASEAN NCAP, so that gives Honda even more bragging rights.
Inside, the India-spec City will come with a black-and-beige interior as opposed to the all-black interior of the Thai-spec City. In terms of features and equipment, the fifth-gen City will come loaded to the gills. The top-end variants of the sedan will feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Weblink compatibility, a 7.0-inch multi-information driver display, electric sunroof, auto-dimming IRVM, auto headlamps, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), ‘LaneWatch’ camera, paddle-shifters (with CVT version), multiple angle rearview camera, and more. In addition to that, it’ll come with Alexa remote capability with over 32 connected car features.
Engine options will include 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines. While the latter is the familiar unit that does duty in the Amaze diesel, the petrol engine is all-new. The 1.5-litre four-cylinder VTEC engine features a double overhead camshaft (DOHC) architecture and develops 120bhp and 145Nm of torque. The petrol version will have a six-speed manual and a 7-step CVT automatic transmission on offer. The City petrol will have an ARAI-rated fuel efficiency of 17.8km/l (manual) and 18.4km/l (CVT).
The diesel version will develop 99bhp and 200Nm of torque – same as the Amaze BS6. It will come mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The ARAI fuel efficiency of the diesel version is 24.km/l.
Safety net in top-end models will include six airbags, ABS, EBD, brake assist and vehicle stability assist in top-spec models. Dual airbags and ABS are expected to be standard across the range.
The fifth-gen City will go on sale in July 2020. It’ll compete against usual suspects, which include names like Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Skoda Rapid, Volkswagen Vento and Toyota Yaris.