What should be your expectations from the next-generation Honda City? Should it be longer? wider? a tad bit more premium and better equipped than before? Or should it be just more fuel efficient than the current spec model? The previous four generation of the Honda City has left us wanting for more from what’s coming next. Recent reports suggest that Honda has already started working on the new City. And that we can expect it to launch in India sometime during the year 2020.
In terms of looks, we can definitely expect a major overhaul. It is likely that the next-gen Honda City takes its design inspiration from Honda Insight prototype. This would mean that the exterior design will have sharper creases and a more streamlined layout. You can expect an all-LED treatment for the front as well as the rear lamps. Larger alloy wheels should also make an appearance. The front and rear bumpers are likely to get sporty designs. While the side profile will have a slopping layout with the doors adorned with sharp cuts.
The interiors of the Honda City have always had a premium nature. With this fifth generation upgrade, we can expect Honda to pamper us even more. A stylish and sporty layout of the dashboard along with interesting design for the instrument cluster could be on the cards. In addition to this, leather upholstery along with leather inserts on the steering wheel and the door trims could also make an appearance. Furthermore, for comfort, the new Honda City can also feature electronic driver’s seat height adjustment. Along with this, there will be an armrest for the front as well as the rear passengers.
Honda’s have always stood as one of the most feature-rich cars in their respective segments. And so has the City in comparison to its competitors. With rivals such as the Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz now offering some extra features, the generation update for the Honda City is likely to feature a bag full of additions in its equipment list. Automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, auto dimming rear view mirror, voice control, sun-roof, gesture control are some of the high-end features that you can expect.
For safety, in order to beat the competition and also to meet the upcoming safety regulations, the next-generation Honda City is going to get several electronic aids. Multiple airbags, ABD with EBD, ESP along with rear parking sensors as well as rear parking camera should be some of the standard fitments. We won’t be surprised if Honda chucks in a surround view camera in the top-end variant.
It is too early to comment on the engine specification of the all-new Honda City. However, it is a probable scenario that Honda could introduce BS-VI complaint versions of the existing engine line-up. Currently, the petrol derivative of this sedan comes with a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine. While the diesel derivative offers a 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine. For the generation update, both petrol, as well as the diesel variants, might get either full-hybrid or mild-hybrid systems. Not only this, but you can also expect an automatic gearbox with the diesel derivative, finally.
It is quite natural that with this upgrade, the prices are likely to go up. The next-generation Honda City will cost a premium of close to 20,000 more than the current iteration. Currently, the prices of this c-segment sedan fall within the range of INR 8.77 lakh to 13.43 lakh (ex-showroom).
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