2020 Honda City all set to rule the Indian roads;picture:hondacarindia.com

2020 Honda City all set to rule the Indian roads

Dhruv Aggarwal

Automotive Journalist| Communications, Media & PR

Honda has revealed the 5th generation of its popular mid-size sedan and the City is now open for bookings. Honda has also commenced the production of the latest City at its Greater Noida plant in Uttar-Pradesh, where the icon will be conceptualized to carry forward its legacy. The company had resumed manufacturing operations following government regulations and safety protocols for COVID-19 prevention.

Honda is promoting its new digital sales platform "Honda from Home" through which customers will be able to book their favorite sedan from the comfort of their home, alongside HCIL authorized dealership network across the country.

The 5th generation Honda City;picture:hondacarindia.com

The 5th generation Honda City;picture:hondacarindia.com

The 5th generation Honda City embodies supremacy in its every detail, ranging from its styling, performance, space, comfort, connectivity and safety. Honda City, in a segment first move, is India’s First Connected Car with Alexa remote capability owing to the trend of increasing usage of smart devices ecosystem.

The Exterior: What it looks like

The 5th generation Honda City' exterior;picture:hondacarindia.com

The 5th generation Honda City' exterior;picture:hondacarindia.com

The City has often been credited for the inception of the sedan segment in the country. Taking forward its heritage, the new City is the longest and the widest sedan in its segment, at 4549 mm length and 1748 mm width.

It gets the three-box true sedan style with a chrome front grille that imparts it a commanding design statement over the competition. The high nose and the chunky bumper make the car look grown up.

The Honda City's chrome front grille:picture:hondacarindia.com

The Honda City's chrome front grille:picture:hondacarindia.com

The company’s ‘Ambitious Sedan’ design enhances the stance and strength of the car. It follows a continuity of lights with a sharp shoulder line that emphasizes its premium look and length, giving the car a distinguishingly precise and aerodynamic impression.

 

The headlamps are fitted with 9 LED Array inline shells that look striking, along with integrated LED DRLs and L Shaped LED Turn Signals. The taillamps are Z-shaped 3D wrap-around LEDs with LED side marker lamps.

Honda City's 9 LED headlamps with DRLs;picture:hondacarindia.com

Honda City's 9 LED headlamps with DRLs;picture:hondacarindia.com

Honda City's Z shaped 3D taillamps;picture:hondacarindia.com

Honda City's Z shaped 3D taillamps;picture:hondacarindia.com

Further enhancing the sporty character of the sedan are the 16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels and the shark fin antenna, which makes it identifiable as a City at a single glance.  

16-inch diamond cut alloy wheels on the Honda City;picture:hondacarindia.com

16-inch diamond cut alloys ;picture:hondacarindia.com

Shark fin antenna on the Honda City;picture:hondacarindia.com

Shark fin antenna ;picture:hondacarindia.com

The exterior design combines sportiness and elegance and the techy detailing of the car genuinely looks new.

The Interior: What it feels like

The 5th generation Honda City' interior;picture:hondacarindia.com

The 5th generation Honda City' interior;picture:hondacarindia.com

Open the doors and you are welcomed by the “Ambitious Beauty” concept of the new City expressed with high contrast and sophisticated textures.

The beige and black interior has a nice premium feel to it. The beige leather components are generously used at the seats, door trims, dashboard as well as the center console maintaining a sense of continuity.

The dashboard makes use of real stitch soft pad and woody garnish as well as high quality leather steering wheel & and shift lever. The instrument panel is made in a horizontal and linear form for improved clarity of car’s sense and direction.

City's beige and black interior;picture:hondacarindia.com

City's beige and black interior;picture:hondacarindia.com

2020 Honda City's dashboard;picture:hondacarindia.com 

2020 Honda City's dashboard;picture:hondacarindia.com 

The soft interior ambient lighting in front footwell and map lamp with LED interior room lamps further add to the convenience factor of the new City. The rear AC vents combine an extra set of charging ports so that all the passengers can be super social on the go.

​Ambient lighting;picture:hondacarindia.com 

Ambient lighting;picture:hondacarindia.com 

​Rear AC vents and charging ports; picture:hondacarindia.com 

Rear AC vents and charging ports; picture:hondacarindia.com 

The City is offered with a smart utility package which includes features such as smartphone tray in centre panel, easy access cup holders in centre console, rear armrest and one litre bottle holders in door pockets for improved usability of storage spaces in the car.

Smartphone tray in centre panel;picture:hondacarindia.com

Smartphone tray in centre panel;picture:hondacarindia.com

Bottle holders in door pockets;picture:hondacarindia.com

Bottle holders in door pockets;picture:hondacarindia.com

It also features a large boot with a capacity of 506L that is enough to accommodate all the luggage needs for a family of four on a weekend trip, and some more. 

The 506 L boot can accommodate a lot of stuff;picture: hondacarindia.com

The Equipment

The equipment on the 2020 Honda City;picture: hondacarindia.com

The new Honda City is offered with a host of equipment and features to make it the perfect connected car and stand out from its rivals.  

It comes with a large 20.3 cm advanced touchscreen infotainment system that connects seamlessly with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It also gets a 17.7 cm HD full colour TFT meter with G-meter for multi-functional driver information.

20.3 cm touchscreen infotainment system; picture:hondacarindia.com

20.3 cm touchscreen infotainment system; picture:hondacarindia.com

The all new City is India’s first connected car with Alexa remote capability, allowing customers to conveniently interact with their car right from the comfort of their homes, and is equipped with next generation Honda Connect with Telematics Control Unit (TCU).

​Honda Connect TCU; picture:hondacarindia.com

Honda Connect TCU; picture:hondacarindia.com

The Honda Connect TCU comes standard across all variants with 5-year free subscription and over 32 connected features. Customers can obtain a variety of information such as vehicle position and door lock status from a remote location.

The Advanced Smart Key System has options for smart electrical trunk lock with keyless release, walkaway auto lock and remote engine start.

The Advanced Smart Key;picture: hondacarindia.com

The Smart Key;hondacarindia.com

Steering mounted commander scroll switch allows for easy navigation on the screens, while the paddle shifters (for CVT) offer a joyous drive. The City offers advanced features like the one-touch electric sunroof, automatic headlights with light sensor and follow-me-home / lead-me-to-car headlamps, among others.

​Sunroof in the Honda City; picture:hondacarindia.com

Sunroof in the Honda City; picture:hondacarindia.com

The Safety & Protection

Airbags provided with the Honda City; picture:hondacarindia.com

The newly designed platform with enhanced light weight, high rigidity and collision safety structure offers advanced safety, equivalent to ASEAN N-CAP 5-star rating. The City gets 6 Airbags System - dual front airbags, front seat airbags and side curtain airbags.

It also consists of a plethora of driver assist systems such as Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) with Agile Handling Assist(AHA), Hill start assist (HSA), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Honda Lane Watch™ Camera, Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Deflation Warning System and Emergency Stop Signal.

​Lane Watch Camera on the Honda City; picture:gomechanic.in

Lane Watch Camera on the Honda City; picture:gomechanic.in

Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) comes standard.

The new Honda City offers complete peace of mind with 3 years Unlimited Km warranty as standard benefit to the customer, that can be extended for additional two years. The car also offers low running costs with service interval of 1 year/ 10,000km.

The Dynamics & Mechanicals

Honda has made use of ultra-high tensile steel along with the use of super high formability 980 MPa grade steel for first time in India to deliver increased rigidity and weight reduction in the new model. Also, for increased comfort, suspension setup is improved with reduced Friction for better handling stability. Overall, the newly designed platform provides the City with enhanced performance in all criteria.

The Performance

The new Honda City is offered with improved high efficiency performance with enhanced light weight, high rigidity and collision safety. The newly introduced 1.5L i-VTEC DOHC engine with VTC in Petrol version and refined 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine, both compliant with BS-6 emission norms offer power-packed performance and excellent fuel-efficiency, low emission and spirited driving performance.

The petrol engine will have a choice from the 6-speed manual and the new 7-speed CVT transmissions. The diesel engine is the mad house that you need to look out for. Available with just the 6-speed manual transmission, it can produce 200 Nm of torque while giving a fuel efficiency of up to 24.1kmpl. The City delivers best balance of powerful performance with high fuel economy.

7-speed CVT; picture:hondacarindia.com

7-speed CVT; picture:hondacarindia.com

6-speed MT; picture:hondacarindia.com

More so, Honda has treated the City with the application of advanced exhaust gas after-treatment system with NSC (NOx Storage Catalyst) and DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter), to meet the challenging target of particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emission in case of diesel engines.

The Handling

The City absorbs whatever the road throws at it, while cruising through the potholes without diving through them. The ride, as expected, is mature in feel as required in a more formal setting.

 

Composed at highway speeds without much sudden jerks in power, it makes up for an ideal rear seat to be placed at while being chauffeured away. But if you do like to drive your own self, using the steering mounted paddle shifters seem like the best way to do it.

 

While on the road, the increased proportions of the car do come to be noticed and give it a big car feel, which might be an issue in city traffic. What it doesn’t seem to do is make you feel you are sitting in a cheap and loosely-bolted together car, assembled out of the blue with no vision whatsoever. Rather, it displays the Japanese craftsmanship and boasts of the research and development done before creating such a jewel, exhibiting ‘supremacy’ in every aspect.

Handling of the new  Honda City; picture:hondacarindia.com

The latest generation of the popular Indian mid-size sedan has been one of the longest running nameplates on sale in India. First launched in India in 1998, the Honda City has been growing strong for 22 years with improvement in each generation.

 

Its upgraded model is expected to make a big name as well, creating high credibility and unchallenged patronage with means of benchmark innovation and excellence in technology. Honda will start deliveries of the Petrol variants of the new City immediately from HCIL dealer network across the country. The deliveries for the Diesel variants would begin from August 2020.