The upcoming 2020 Honda City will probably get the BS6 version of the 1.5-litre diesel engine along with a CVT automatic transmission. This rumour should not come as a surprise as Honda has already done it with the Amaze diesel CVT automatic. At the 2018 Auto Expo, Honda Amaze stole the show with a major redesign, inside-out. But it was the diesel + CVT automatic that caught the attention of the auto geeks.
Honda City Diesel CVT - Why so late?
However small the number of diesel + CVT Amaze sold may have been, it still served a purpose. It helped Honda refine their tech. A new piece of technology requires real-world testing. Call it rude, but the reality is that those who bought the Amaze in that configuration were beta testing for Honda while adding to their profits. By now, Honda must have gathered a lot of information from the existing customers through its dealership network. That will help in making sure that the next-gen Honda City will get the mechanically ironed out version.
It’s also important to note that even though the Honda City is a low volume vehicle from a shrinking segment, it has significant mindshare in the market. The CIty is what established the brand in India and Honda would love to get it right the first time.
Honda City 1.0-litre Turbo CVT - For India?
The source also suggests that the Honda City will get a new 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine. This will make a healthy 120PS of power and come with a 6-speed manual and a CVT automatic. This variant probably won’t make it to India and will go on sale in the Thailand market. There’s not enough volume to justify bringing this engine option to India and locally produce it for a competitive price.
The 1.5-litre non-turbo petrol engine will carry on along with the 1.5-litre diesel engine. The petrol engine will probably ditch the 5-speed manual transmission in favour of a 6-speed gearbox to keep up with the trend. The diesel engine already comes with a 6-speed manual transmission.
Honda City Reveal at Auto Expo 2020
Just like the very successful Amaze, we’re expecting Honda to garner a good number of eyeballs at the upcoming Auto Expo 2020. So, it’s natural to expect to see the next generation Honda City at the auto show in February 2020. The launch will also probably follow a similar schedule as the Amaze did in 2018. Sales should commence sometime in the summer of 2020.
The City’s chief competitors are the Hyundai Verna and the Maruti Ciaz. Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid are the other low-volume rivals.