New Honda City packs country’s first features and may launch in July 2020

Alexa Voice Remote will be a first in a car in India.
Engine and gearbox specifications will remain same, albeit now complying to BS6 emission
Will rival the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Toyota Yaris, and others.

The much-awaited Honda City, in its fifth generation, was due to launch this year in India. Before the
scheduled launch in July 2020, the company has revealed all the features, specifications and changes
versus the outgoing model. While there are some aspects that remain unchanged particularly in the
mechanical department, a number of country’s first features have been added. That said, the new
Honda City will be based on the company’s lighter, more rigid platform, they humbly call ‘newly
designed’ platform. Honda claims that the new platform is expected to reduce the NVH (Noise, Vibration
and Harshness) without compromising on comfort or handling.

In the new model, there are changes to the dimensions compared to the outgoing model. The new
Honda City is 109 mm longer (1,748 mm in length), 53 mm wider (1,748 mm in width) and 6 mm shorter
(1,489 mm in height) compared to the previous generation. The wheelbase, however, remains identical
and the boot space is at 506 litres. The Honda City has been always revered to have ample interior space
for five adults and oodles of luggage. With the new model, there would be no complaints in that
department from potential buyers when the midsize sedan is introduced.

The engine and gearbox options remain the same, albeit, they will now comply with BS6 emission
norms. Both engines get upgrades to reduce emissions, however, power and torque figures remain the
same. The petrol engine, a 1.5-litre unit, generates 122PS of power and 145 Nm of torque. This engine
will be available with a manual gearbox as well as a CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with
paddle shifters.
However, the real changes are in the features of the midsize sedan where it may tip the scales in its
favour when compared to its rivals in the segment. The new Honda City has a barrage of technology
including an 8.0-inch infotainment unit armed with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Weblink
Compatibility. This feature is also available in the outgoing model, however, the new one also gets Alexa
Voice remote compatibility, a first in the country, which would enable the user to toggle between 32
different features of the car using the Honda Connect telematics system. Meaning, you may be able to
turn on the air conditioning on your car before you even enter it. And more of course.

In addition, the feature list, particularly on the top-spec ZX version will have Honda’s Lane watch camera.
This safety technology would warn the driver of any vehicles in the blind spots of the car. Other safety
features would include Airbags, ABS with EBD, Hill Start Assist, Agile Handling Assist, Tyre Pressure
Monitoring System, Vehicle Stability Assist, ISOFIX child seat restraints and a lot more. While ABS with
EBD and front airbags would be standard across the range, some of the safety features would be
exclusive to the higher variants.

The rated fuel efficiency of the new Honda City petrol with the manual gearbox will be 17.8 km/pl and
18.4 km/pl for the CVT option. The diesel engine powered versions have a rated fuel economy of 24.1
km/pl, all numbers as per ARAI.

In terms of competitors, the new Honda City will go toe-to-toe with the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai
Verna, Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid. With the new Honda City, the Japanese
carmaker intends to increase its share by offering features not available in any other car till date.
However, the main deciding factor, apart from the loyalists, for a potential buyer would be the price
which would be at a premium compared to the outgoing model. The price of the fourth generation
Honda City starts from 9.91 lakh to Rs 14.31 lakh, ex-showroom.

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