Honda has teased the upcoming 2020 City ahead of its debut on March 16. Honda has flashed a picture to give a glimpse of the much-awaited 4-door sedan. The shared snap shows a component of the fore-end showing the headlamps and front bumper. Upon arrival, the 2020 City will revamp its classic enmity with its competitors the Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid, Hyundai Verna, and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
The sedan to be released in India will be similar to the Thai version. Upon closer look, one can also figure out that the car in the teaser is actually the City RS with the 1.0-litre VTEC turbo-petrol engine.
The 2020 City will be underpinned by an all-new platform. It is expected to retain the existing 1.5-litre i-DTEC and i-VTEC engines, although with updates to make them comply with the upcoming BS6 emission norms. Currently, the diesel power unit gives out 100PS and 200Nm and the petrol engine produces 119PS and 145Nm. In other news, Honda has already updated the 1.5-litre petrol engine, making it BS6-compliant.
There's an opportunity that Honda may introduce a mild-hybrid system with the 1.5-litre petrol engine. Gearbox options are most probably to be a manual(5-speed) and an automatic(CVT). The new 1.0-litre turbo petrol, which is very unlikely to be offered here, churns out a healthy 122PS and 173Nm.
With all the major changes in place, a completely novel cabin design and layout, and feature updates, expect the 2020 City to attract a premium over its current iteration which retails from Rs 9.81 lakh (ex-showroom).