Honda is testing the seventh generation of the Honda City in India that is expected to be introduced in the market in 2020. The new City is expected to have its world premiere in Thailand in a few months’ time. While it has now been spotted on test for the first time in India, spy photographers managed to snap it in Thailand in June 2019.
The new City has been spied in India wearing heavy camouflage, so it’s hard to figure out how the production model will look like. Like most of the new generation car models, the 2020 City is also expected to be bigger compared to its predecessor. We expect the increased dimensions will free up more room inside the cabin.
As far as the design theme is concerned, we expect the new City to follow the design language of the new-gen Honda Accord. If that happens, expect it to get large wraparound headlights along with LED elements that flank a wide radiator grille along with a fat chrome strip in the middle. At the rear, it could get the new wraparound tapering style tail lights with LED elements.
Like the current model, the upcoming 2020 City will be based on the new Jazz’ platform and should share powertrains with the hatchback as well. So, we expect a hybrid setup to be on offer, at least in some markets if not all. While Honda has firmly stated that it would offer the BS6 version of the existing 1.5-litre diesel engine on all its models in India, it remains to be seen whether this engine makes its way into the 2020 City as well or not.
The 2020 City will replace the existing model that has been on sale since 2014. We expect the new model to be there at the upcoming Auto Expo 2020 in February. Post its Indian launch, the new City will continue to fight against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid and Toyota Yaris.