When it comes to choosing the best in class performance in terms of speed, comfort and fuel economy, sedans have proven to be the best choice. If there is one sedan that has managed to carve a legacy for itself, it’s undoubtedly the Honda City. Leaving no stone unturned in offering a well-rounded car for the city, Honda’s premium sedan offering has often ruled the sales charts.
Since its first launch in 1998, Honda City has made its way into the hearts of 7 lakh happy customers. With a legacy of over 20 years, Honda City has been the perfect blend of class and comfort. With the 5th-generation of this beloved vehicle about to take to Indian roads, let’s have a look at what is to come.
Always the best in looks, the all-new Honda City offers the most promising exteriors making it an instant head-turner. Built upon Honda’s commitment to supreme craftsmanship, the next-generation Honda City is all set to raise the benchmark of quality standards for other sedan manufacturers. Bringing in the 5th-generation City, Honda has yet again managed to amaze everyone with its unique features and premium styling.
Talking about dimensional changes, the 2020 Honda City will be bigger and better. Measuring 100mm longer and 53mm wider than the current version, the next-generation Honda City will be bigger than even the Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz.
Complementing this larger dimension will be a new and more angular front profile comprising of a segment-first full LED headlamp structure with integrated LED DRLs. Taking inspiration from the Honda Amaze and Honda Civic, the next-gen City will also incorporate a thick chrome band on the top of the grille, and a revised three-part bumper.
Even the rear of the car has been revised with an all-new segment-first Z-shaped LED rear combination lamps with LED edge-light and LED side marker lamps. Other changes that enhance the City’s overall silhouette include the one-touch electronic sunroof, R16 diamond-cut alloy wheels, shark fin antenna, body-coloured mud flap and a lower moulding line.
Coming to the interiors, the 5th-generation Honda City is a supreme luxury. Offering a grand and premium cabin, the next-gen Honda City will completely redefine the way we look at interiors and comfort. The 2020 Honda City features a new layout for the dashboard with dual-tone soft-touch upholstery adding a premium touch to its redesigned cabin.
The City will also get a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Connectivity. Other changes like the redesigned three-spoke steering wheel with angular mounted controls, one-touch electronic sunroof, segment-first lane watch camera and the 7-inch TFT MID with G-meter add up to the City’s impressive interior changes.
In terms of comfort, the 5th-generation Honda City will offer leather seats, central armrest, adjustable headrests, 3-point emergency locking retractor, rear AC vents, and soft-pad door trims with ample storage spaces and bottle holders. Talking about the boot, the 2020 Honda City is said to offer an impressive 510 L of boot space. Thus, every inch inside the 5th-generation Honda City will reflect supreme convenience and comfort.
Performance and Safety
Known for offering the best inline performance, Honda has redefined the engine in terms of both power and balance. Based on the current information, the next-gen Honda City will come with 1.5-litre BS6 compliant petrol and diesel engine options.
While the petrol i-VTEC engine will return 121 PS of max power, the i-DTEC diesel, on the other hand, will return 100PS of power. With the 5th-generation Honda City, the company is expected to offer the diesel engine with CVT option as well as a 6-speed MT. The Petrol variant, on the other hand, is likely to get a 6-speed MT along with an optional CVT.
Coming to the safety department, Honda has gone an extra mile to provide best-in-class safety. As per the current information the next-gen Honda City is likely to be topped with advance safety features such as dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and ISOFIX child seat anchors as standard. In addition, the top-spec variants can also get a six airbag setup, ABS with EBD, three-point seatbelt for rear passenger and a segment-first vehicle stability control, hill launch assist, and tyre pressure monitoring system.
Keeping along with the competitors like the Skoda Rapid, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Verna etc. the 5th-generation Honda City could be priced at somewhere around Rs. 10 lakhs (ex-showroom) for the base variant going all the way up to Rs 18 Lakhs (ex-showroom) for the top-end variant. Just like you, we too are super excited to see what price tag does Honda Motors fix on its 5th Generation Honda City.
A worthy upgrade
Talking about whether the 2020 Honda City will be a worthy upgrade or not, the answer is yes. Starting from the exteriors, the next-generation Honda City is all set to bring in aesthetical changes that are sure to enhance the look and feel of the Honda City. Coming to the interiors, performance and safety, Honda has done something which no other car manufacturer has yet offered; an inclusion of 8 segment-first features. With all this in mind, the 5th-generation of Honda’s most sold sedan will be bigger, better and more feature-full making it an upgrade worthy of consideration.
Honda’s durable build quality and reliable engine performance have made it quite a popular choice even in the pre-owned market. So if you are looking to bring home a pre-owned Honda City, then you can easily do so, thanks to the City’s widespread legacy. Visit your nearest dealer and bring home the Honda City for an average price of Rs. 5.5 to 6 lakhs for variants 2014-2016 and Rs. 6.5 to 10 lakhs for variants 2017 to 2020.