Honda has unveiled its all-new fifth-generation City for the global market with its launch for the Thailand market. Honda City has been the oldest and the most popular C Segment sedan in the Indian market. It has always been a dream car for many people in its early years.
The new City in its fifth generation is based on the design language of the new Civic. It retains its executive design with even more sharp edges. It has grown 100mm in length and 53mm in width, however, height has decreased by 28mm. On the outside, it gets a new all-LED headlight setup that merges with a huge fat Chrome Grill which looks very premium and sleek inspired from Civic. The side profile looks similar to the outgoing model however, changes can be seen on the rear. On the rear, it gets a new U shaped LED tail lamps setup that adds to a premium feel.
The City has always been a feature-loaded car and the same character continues to the new generation also. Features like Cruise control, Rearview camera, Auto-dimming rearview mirror are constant. On the inside, it gets an all-new dashboard layout that looks simple but also upmarket. The car on display got all-black interiors however, we can expect a combination of Beige and Black for the Indian Market. Various Piano Black touches on the inside also lift up its appeal.
It now gets a new 8-inch touchscreen system compared to the 7-inch on the outgoing model. With this new touchscreen, the dashboard looks very premium and symmetrical than the outgoing model. Honda has kept the customers’ feedback in mind and now uses the convenient rotary nobs for the Climate Control compared to the touchscreen offered now. The instrumental console continues to be a two-dial analogue plus a decent-sized digital Multi-Information Display. It continues to offer Eco Mode and a Stop-Start system.
On the safety front, it offers six airbags, ABS EBD as standard, Vehicle Stability Control and Hill Start Assist.
Under the hood, it gets a new 1.0l Turbo Petrol motor that churns out 122hp and 173nm of torque mated only to a CVT gearbox with paddle shifters. It is expected to deliver good 23.8kmpl for a petrol motor. However, it’s not sure whether Honda will continue to offer this powertrain option for the Indian Market. The 1.5l diesel motor offered with the current model will be upgraded to meet the BS-VI norms. It is also likely to offer a 1.5l hybrid Petrol motor. Specifications for it are yet to be revealed by Honda.
The new City will make its way into the Indian Market in the early 2020 and will compete with the new Verna, Vento, Rapid and Ciaz.