Honda has officially announced the details of the 2020 City, and it now is the longest, widest car in its segment as per Honda. It takes design cues from the Civic, and it is one of the few products to retain a diesel engine even in the face of the BS6 emission norms.
The 2020 Honda City will retain the 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol with 120bhp and 145Nm, and the 1.5 litre i-DTEC that generates 100bhp and 200Nm. The petrol will be available with the choice of a 6 speed manual or 7 speed CVT automatic gearbox, while the diesel will have only the manual gearbox. The ARAI efficiency rating for the petrol manual City is 17.8kpl, for the automatic petrol City is 18.4kpl, and for the diesel City, 24.1kpl. The diesel will be fitted with a particulate filter and NOx storage catalyst to help meet the BS6 emission norms.
The 2020 Honda City’s dimensions stand at 4549mm long, 1748mm wide, 1489mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2600mm. Compared to the outgoing model, that is 109mm longer, 53mm wider, 6mm shorter, and the wheelbase is identical. The exterior now sports Civic-like all-LED headlamps on either side of a massive chrome-bar grille, and tail lamps with light guides. 16-inch dual tone alloy wheels in grey complete the look. Among other differences in the new City’s exterior, the rearview mirrors are now mounted further back on the doors.
The interior has also been updated with a combination of beige and black, with wood-finish inserts. A 20.3cm touchscreen dominates the centre console. Honda claims best in class knee room and legroom, and a boot capacity of 506 litres. Storage space has been upgraded with rear door pockets that can accommodate 1 litre bottles, and cup holders in the centre console that are easily accessible. The instrument cluster is an all-digital colour screen and includes a G meter as well. It retains the usual bells and whistles like a sunroof and automatic headlamps, but it now gets the auto up for all four windows. Another feature that is new is the Alexa connectivity – you can, for example, ask your Alexa device at home about how much fuel is in the car, or where your City is, and you’ll get an answer. The Honda Connect app also offers 32 features thanks to a telematics control unit; these features include automatic crash notification and emergency assistance, a vehicle tracker, and geofencing.
The 2020 Honda City aims to retain its throne of the default option in its segment with the slew of new features – its launch will be very soon!