The all-new fifth-gen Honda City has finally been launched today, with prices starting at ₹10.90 lakh for the entry-spec petrol variant (V MT) and ₹12.40 lakh for the diesel range.
We've been eagerly waiting for Honda to launch the new City in India ever since the fifth-gen model was revealed in Thailand last year. After a delay caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the new Honda City has finally been launched in our market, with prices ranging from ₹10.90 lakh to ₹14.45 lakh for the petrol range and ₹12.40 lakh to ₹14.65 lakh for the diesel range. There are three trim levels on offer (V, VX, and ZX), and all trim levels are available with all three powertrain options, taking up the variant count to nine.
Variant-wise prices of the new Honda City are given below. All price figures are ex-showroom, Delhi.
Based on a new platform, the fifth-gen City is slightly bigger than the outgoing model – 100mm longer and 53mm wider, to be specific. At 2,600mm, the wheelbase has shrunk by 6mm, while the height has been reduced as well by 28mm (1,489mm). This model is also the recipient of a five-star safety rating from the ASEAN NCAP.
In terms of design, the new City gets significant updates. The front looks much sharper and is now in line with Honda’s other new models, like the Civic, and it features new, sleeker LED headlamps as well. The side profile isn't very different than before but the rear fascia, like the front, has undergone major changes that include a new bumper design and new LED taillamps.
As for the features and equipment, the new Honda City comes with some top-of-the-line offerings. Even the base variants (V trim) come fitted with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Weblink connectivity, projector headlamps with LED DRLs, LED taillamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, Alexa Remote capability, paddle shifters, remote engine start (CVT), cruise control, four airbags, etc.
Go for the top-spec ZX trim, and the kit will expand further with features like a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), lane watch and multi-angle rear-view cameras, auto-dimming IRVM, auto headlamps, LED front fog lamps & LED turn indicators, full LED headlamps, and leather upholstery.
Engine options on the new Honda City include a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder DOHC i-VTEC petrol motor that develops a healthy 120bhp and 145Nm of torque and the same 1.5-litre four-cylinder i-DTEC diesel unit that powers the outgoing generation (99bhp and 200Nm). Both engine options come paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard, however, there's also a 7-speed CVT automatic gearbox option available with the i-VTEC petrol motor. Fuel-efficiency figures for the i-VTEC petrol and i-DTEC diesel motors are pegged at 17.8km/l (manual), 18.4km/l (CVT), and 24.1km/l (diesel), respectively.
We've already driven the new 2020 Honda City, and you can check out our detailed first-drive review here, or watch it below.