This is the third time a Thai-spec Honda City has managed to get a perfect score in the NCAP. Honda Cars India will launch the new City in India soon, but that model will be slightly different in terms of design and mechanicals.
Honda took the wraps off the new City in Thailand in November last year. The sedan was recently put through the ASEAN NCAP test, and it managed to get a perfect score of five stars. It is the third-generation of the Thai-spec City. ASEAN NCAP had also put the third and fourth generation models of the City to test, both of which received five stars.
According to the ASEAN report, the 2020 Honda City, 'frontal occupant compartment remained stable in the frontal offset test. The data obtained from the test revealed that the vehicle gave good protection to both of the adult occupants, with an exception to the dummies’ lower legs.'
The City bagged 44.83 points in the Adult Occupant Protection and 22.82 in the Child Occupant Protection. In the Safety Assistance systems, the City scored 18.89. The model that was put to test was the SV trim of the 2020 Honda City. This one comes heavily loaded in terms of safety tech with features like ABS, ESC, six airbags, emergency stop signal, and blind-spot detection on the far sides.
Here, it must be noted that the Thai-spec Honda City is different from the one that will be sold in India. To start with, it will look marginally different and is also likely to see some variation in the feature list. Above all, the Thai-spec City comes with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder V-TEC turbo petrol motor that is capable of 126bhp and 173Nm. The India-bound City is likely to continue with the same 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol and the 1.5-litre diesel unit from the Amaze, both of which will be BS-VI compliant.
Honda Cars India Ltd. was expected to launch the new City in India in April, but the ongoing lockdown may have delayed it. The City will rival the likes of the Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and the Volkswagen Vento – all three have made the shift to BS-VI. The C-segment sedan’s other rivals, like the Toyota Yaris and the Skoda Rapid, are yet to be updated to meet BS-VI norms.