Next-generation Honda City is going to launch in India in 2020 in petrol and diesel iterations. It full-hybrid version is likely to arrive in 2021.
We have informed you in earlier reports that Honda has commenced working on the next-generation iteration of the City, its mid-size sedan in the Indian as well as select other international markets. We expect the Japanese automaker to make the world debut of the same sometime towards the end of this year. And subsequently, launch it in India during the first half of 2020.
When the next-generation Honda City arrives in India, it is going to launch with petrol as well as a diesel engine in its line-up. Both these engines are going to be BS-VI complaint. Not only this, but there have been reports stating that in addition to a manual gearbox, both the derivative are going to get automatic transmission options. The new iteration of this mid-size sedan will be longer, wider and is going to sport a sleeker exterior design.
Since the news broke out that Honda has started working on the next-generation City, there have been a number of rumours stating that the Japanese automaker is eventually going to introduce a hybrid version of the same. Now, according to a report published in LiveMint, it seems that Honda is indeed going to introduce a Hybrid version of the City and that too as early as the year 2021 i.e. a little later after the debut of the sedan’s next-generation iteration.
The Honda City is currently one the largest selling products for the Japanese automaker in India. And hence it becomes quite obvious for the automaker to use it as the launch pad for its first mass-market hybrid vehicle in our country. Details regarding the technology and mechanical aspects of the upcoming City Hybrid are still too early to comment on.
In addition to Honda, Suzuki and Toyota are also working on introducing strong hybrid vehicles in the Indian market. Both the companies are currently working under a partnership which alloys them to share technology and expertise with each other in order to develop a mass-market hybrid as well as electric car for the Indian marker.
Automobile manufacturers believe that the systematic way to bring vehicular pollution down is through first introducing strong hybrid vehicles and then eventually move on to full-electric vehicles as it would still take some time to make the later alternative available at a mass-market price.
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