2020 Honda City launched in India – 1.5L petrol and diesel engines; LaneWatch; priced from RM62k-RM83k

2020 Honda City launched in India – 1.5L petrol and diesel engines; LaneWatch; priced from RM62k-RM83k

The fifth-generation Honda City has been officially launched in India, several months after the B-segment sedan first made its global debut in Thailand back in November 2019. For customers in India, the City is offered in three trim levels – V, VX and ZX – with a choice of two 1.5 litre four-cylinder engines.

The first option is an upgraded i-VTEC petrol unit with DOHC (previously SOHC) that churns out 121 PS at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm, with the other being an i-DTEC turbodiesel with 100 PS at 3,600 rpm and 200 Nm at 1,750 rpm. Both engines are paired with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, but only the i-VTEC mill gets the option of a CVT.

In terms of efficiency, the i-VTEC and i-DTEC units meet the BS-6, or Bharat 6, emissions standard in India, with the oil burner having the best fuel economy at 24.1 km/l (4.1 l/100 km). Meanwhile, the petrol engine with a manual transmission will do 17.8 km/l (5.6 l/100 km) or 18.4 km/l (5.4 l/100 km) when mated to a CVT.

All three powertrain configurations can be had with any trim level for a total of nine variants. The i-VTEC with a manual is priced at 1.0899 million rupees (RM61,835) for the V, 1.2259 million rupees (RM69,551) for the VX and 1.3149 million rupees (RM74,600) for the ZX.

Stepping up to the i-VTEC with a CVT, the V goes for 1.2199 million rupees (RM69,210), the VX for 1.3559 million rupees (RM76,926) and the ZX for 1.4449 million rupees (RM81,976). Lastly, the i-DTEC with a manual starts at 1.2399 million rupees (RM70,345) for the V, 1.3759 million rupees (RM78,061) for the VX and 1.4649 million rupees (RM83,110) for the ZX.

All three trim levels are identical in terms of kit, with the V being equipped with halogen projector headlamps, LED daytime running lights, bulb-type front fog lamps, LED taillights, 15-inch alloy wheels and LED turn indicators on the side mirrors.

Moving inside, the list of features include an eight-inch touchscreen Display Audio system, which has Alexa remote capability, various media playback options, support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and is linked to a four-speaker sound system.

The V also comes with piano black trim, fabric upholstery, keyless entry and start, a telematics system, remote engine start, a multi-info display, single-zone automatic air-conditioning with rear vents, paddle shifters (CVT only), ambient lighting for the centre console pocket, four airbags (front and front seat), a multi-angle rearview camera, rear parking sensors, Vehicle Stability Assists with ESC, Agile Handling Assist, ABS, BA, EBD, a tyre pressure monitoring system and hill start assist.

2020 Honda City launched in India – 1.5L petrol and diesel engines; LaneWatch; priced from RM62k-RM83k

The VX builds upon this by adding automatic function to the halogen headlamps, an electric sunroof, larger 16-inch alloys, an eight-speaker sound system, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, walk away lock, a seven-inch digital instrument cluster display and two additional airbags

Naturally, the range-topping VX trim gets even more items, including full-LED headlamps, LED front fog lamps, additional ambient lighting for the front footwell and map lamp, leather upholstery, knee pads, glossy dark wood trim, a rear sunshade, automatic folding side mirrors, and a function to remotely open/close the power windows and sunroof.

The VX is the only one that gets Honda’s LaneWatch camera system, where a camera on the passenger-side wing mirror relays a feed to the centre screen, providing drivers with a better view of the left side of the vehicle. This system is already present on larger models like the Civic and Accord, but it’s the first time the City gets it.

Looking at the spec sheet, the Indian-spec City certainly looks to be more feature packed when compared to what is available in Thailand, which misses out on the LaneWatch system, digital instrument cluster and powered sunroof. However, the Thailand-spec City does get a 1.0 litre turbo three-cylinder that makes 122 PS at 5,500 rpm and 173 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm – India does not.

2020 Honda City launched in India – 1.5L petrol and diesel engines; LaneWatch; priced from RM62k-RM83k

There’s also another difference between the India and Thailand versions, as the former appears to have a slightly longer wheelbase of 2,600 mm compared to Thailand’s 2,589 mm. Looking at the rest of the dimensions, the India-spec City also has a shorter overall length of 4,549 mm (-4 mm) and is taller at 1,489 mm (+22 mm), with the width remaining unchanged at 1,748 mm.

Customers in India will have a choice of five colours – Radiant Red Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Lunar Silver Metallic, Golden Brown Metallic – when ordering the City, along with a vast catalogue of optional accessories.

The City sold there will come with a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, with an option to extend it for a further two years. Honda India also cites a low cost of maintenance with a service interval of one year/10,000km, whichever is earlier.

Closer to home, we’ve already seen the latest City undergoing road trials on Malaysian soil, but it isn’t known when the model will make its official debut. After looking at the specifications for both India and Thailand, what features are you hoping will be available for our local City when it is launched? Share your thoughts in the comments below.




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Comments

  • (Like) 2020 Honda City.
    (Dislike) Toyota Vios Yaris

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    • romance on Jul 16, 2020 at 3:23 pm

      (Like) Current City, Toyota Vios and new Almera
      (Dislike) New Gen City Turbo

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 18 Thumb down 2
  • RM10k cheaper than Malaysia.. so lucky
    But no AEB…

    https://paultan.org/2020/07/15/miros-developing-aeb-systems-test-ahead-of-new-asean-ncap-2021-2025-assessment-protocol/

    Miros is moving forward with AEB

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    • Chavez on Jul 16, 2020 at 4:28 pm

      Only from 2021 so if this car comes in this year it is safe.

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      • Chevron on Jul 16, 2020 at 4:50 pm

        Really? Don’t forget, this new city doesn’t come with autonomous emergency braking, land departure warning and rear cross traffic alert. You called this new model is safe car? Lol!

        Like or Dislike: Thumb up 8 Thumb down 2
        • Celup King on Jul 16, 2020 at 6:53 pm

          I think Chavez meant that if new City debuts in year 2020, it isn’t required to have AEB according to regs from year 2021.

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          • Vintage on Jul 16, 2020 at 10:12 pm

            Obviously, this new gen city doesn’t come with AEB. But then according from MIROS, as moving forward right now, AEB is the most priority safety which is going to be necessary for the passenger and drivers. So meaning that according from MIROS, looks like it is going to be compulsory anytime for all vehicles in Malaysia that have AEB. Even for EU, Japan and Australia, it is going to be mandatory for EU Vehicles to have AEB. That’s why all carmakers have already woken up, including Malaysia. But only problem is Honda Malaysia are so slow for equipping AEB for most honda vehicles (except for full spec Civic, full spec CRV and Accord), as they are still bringing this upcoming ASEAN Honda City with no AEB.

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          • The problem isn’t Honda Malaysia as City doesn’t come with AEB neither in Thailand nor Indian markets. It is Honda Japan that skimped out and even on that, Toyota is just as guilty with their Vios & Yaris that comes without AEB option.

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  • romance on Jul 16, 2020 at 11:09 am

    (Like) Current City
    (Dislike) New Gen City Turbo

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 66 Thumb down 5
  • Ken Yap on Jul 16, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Nice to drive this, nice to buy this but once got problem including Honda CVT gearbox, considered needed to pay more money

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 3
  • Too boring here. Only ah beng honda fanboys thinking that it doesn’t looks boring

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 20 Thumb down 2
  • Prefer to buy present city. Or even also buy Vios or wait for new Almera. Instead of buying this model, this new gen city making out of ideas, even rear also look like G20 3er

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 17 Thumb down 1
  • Angry Voters on Jul 16, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Mesia only get it one year later after launch, how sad. No matter, history have proven that when Honda shortened their wheelbase for new generation, it never sells as well as its predecessor. See Civic FB and City 4th gen.

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  • Ah Beng Returns III on Jul 16, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Too outdated, ugly and kosong spec, not even single have aeb for this

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  • Keith on Jul 16, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    This as ugliest new Honda B-segment car in asean

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 16 Thumb down 1
  • alldisc on Jul 16, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    1.5 DOHC, 118bhp. 6 speed manual
    Yummmm. Bring la Honda Malaysia.. Limited edition Type S.

    350 units. How?

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 0
  • Remote start as in the same with Civic?

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  • Aaron Stone on Jul 16, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    But No AEB! Even quality is still low

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 8 Thumb down 0
  • Remox on Jul 16, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Bring the indian spec and price as the current City…i personally will buy one. Worth it

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 3 Thumb down 14
  • Having that lanewatch camera juts out from under the mirror is really ugly wei but at least it won’t need to be replace if motors sideswipe that wing mirror.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 5 Thumb down 0
  • Too plain! Look very simple! Nothing much on this

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 11 Thumb down 0
  • Matchy on Jul 16, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Hopefully they’ll improve their QC!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 2 Thumb down 7
 

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