Honda has pushed the launch of 2020 City to April end owing to the Coronavirus pandemic. The leaked brochure of City has been doing the rounds on the internet and we are here to guide you throughout. Here is the list of specs and features that'll convince you why you should own the Honda City.
Honda City becomes the first car in India to be compatible with Alexa remote. It also gets a lane watch camera in the top-spec City ZX, from its sedan sibling Civic. The lane watch camera is a new feature that will provide a wider view of the car's left onto the infotainment touch screen when the driver turns on the left indicator before making a turn. This feature is so designed for Indian roads where the driver finds it difficult in turning cars even though it does take off your attention from road to infotainment screen.
The fifth-gen City comes with a whole new level of safety package including 6 airbags, traction control, electronic stability program, hill start assist, 3 point seatbelt for middle passenger in the rear seat, low tire pressure monitor system and reverse parking camera. However, most of these features may be available in top-spec variant City ZX only. It also gets styling tweaks including new LED headlights and tail lamps. To ensure an extra level of safety, Honda City has received 5 stars in the ASEAN NCAP crash test.
In terms of technology, it features a new 8-inch touch screen infotainment system compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and connected car tech- Honda Connect. City gets a 7-inch instrument cluster housing analogue speedometer and tachometer in contrast to the fully digital instrument cluster in rivals like Hyundai Verna. The fiddly touch screen as seen in last-gen City may get scrapped off in the future models. However, the City gets a 7-inch full-colour MID unit to display additional information.
To make the ride more convenient, you can now play your favorite music track and cruise through the highway with the controls mounted in the steering wheel itself. The City receives a g-Meter which is generally found in sports cars like Nissan GT-R to find the magnitude and direction of acceleration. Just like the ongoing City ZX, the 2020 City also gets leather seats and electrically powered sunroof. The padded materials for the dashboard surely create more upmarket ambiance. The shift to the rotary knob for the climate control system is another update in City 2020.
Honda plans to introduce 2020 City in two engine options - BS6-compliant 1.5L petrol from the current-gen Amaze with 5-speed manual transmission and optional CVT gearbox and 1.5L diesel engine mated to 6-speed stick shift and CVT gearbox. Three variants —œ V, VX, and ZX are to be offered with a starting price of Rs. 10 lakh (Ex-Showroom Delhi). The leaked brochure states the fifth-gen City as “the longest and widest car in the segment" which means the City would be the roomiest sedan.
Currently, the Honda City is sold at a price range of Rs. 9.91 lakh and Rs. 14.31 lakh (Ex-Showroom Delhi). So with the additional features and improved performance, the 2020 City could be offered at a starting price of Rs. 10 lakh and can go high up to Rs. 15 lakh for the fully loaded diesel variant. Once launched, it will compete with the likes of Hyundai Verna, Toyota Yaris and Volkswagen Vento.