India-bound Honda City unveiled: To get mild hybrid engines

It’s no secret that Honda has been readying the 5th generation City. Now, the car has been unveiled at Thailand. It is indeed coming to us but with a different feature set. Mind you, the looks are going to be the same. On that front, let’s take a deeper look at the all-new Honda City.

What is a stand out in the Honda City?

Well, it is based on a new platform, has a lot of style going for it as well. The new Honda City is 53mm wider, 10mm longer but has a shorter wheelbase of 11mm. This is obviously in comparison with the current-gen car that we have in India. The new Honda City looks like a mini-Accord. The fat chrome strip makes its way here and flanking them are all-LED headlights.  Strangely enough, there are no fog lights though we expect the Indian car to have them.

This new Honda City sits on spindly 15-inch wheels, however the Indian version could have 16- or 17-inchers. A look at the tail and you realise it is no longer like that of the Ciaz and has a more flowing design. The lights are full-LED again and while the Thai-spec unit doesn’t have parking sensors, the Indian one will.

Inside, you see an all-black theme. The steering wheel is new while the instrument cluster has a red tinge to it. Moreover, it is styled in a similar fashion to the Honda Amaze. An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that has got your back with Android Auto and Apple Carplay is available. We aren’t sure of the touch response though we believe it could be better than the current car’s. There are no images that suggest a rear air vent but we suppose the Indian car will have it. There is no word on the boot space either.

What engines is it running?

The new Honda City gets a 1.0-litre turbo petrol that is good for 122PS and 173Nm. The engine is mated to a CVT.  Honda claims close to 24kmpl from this powertrain. There is no diesel for Thai markets but ours will have the BS-VI version of the existing 1.5-litre unit. It will be available with a 6-speed manual and CVT. Alongside, Honda also has the familiar 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol with a mild-hybrid.

 

The new Honda City is coming to a showroom near you only by end-2020. Honda will not want to invest more in its Indian operations currently and will have the 4th gen car with BS-VI compliance. New BS-VI City prices are already out and they are Rs 13,000 more than BS-IV. The diesel is still a BS-IV unit and will be updated later.

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