The next-gen Honda City was spied testing recently on the Delhi-Ambala freeway, but this is not the first time that the test mule has been out in the day light. Considering the imminent launch of new cars, Honda began with the testing of its prototypes in 2019.
Next Generation 2020 Honda City will mark itself as the 7th generation of the said model and will make its debut on 25th November in Thailand. Honda is aiming at more than just added mileage and passing emission norms. The Indian market is likely to get the same model as the international market.
Next Generation 2020 Honda City is likely to pack in more space, comfort, technology, and a list of added features. Just the fuel efficiency has seen a bump of 33%, that’s quite an increase. Such increment to an IC engine can only be possible with an assistant source, electrification to be precise.
A significant number of reports published prior to the launch indicate that Honda has probably slapped in a hybrid system for the 2020 Honda City. The 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol engine will probably be available in its current avatar, but the top-end models will likely feature Honda’s new 2-motor e:HEV mild-hybrid system. Honda already debuted the system last month on the new Jazz. Honda also mentioned that models equipped with e:HEV tech will mostly be driven using the electric motor.
Currently, e:HEV has the spotlight as Honda’s core electrification technology and hybrid system, purpose being, promotion of electric mobility. But there have been no major updates from Honda after the Tokyo Motor Show.
Reports from 2018 show that company already had a specific hybrid solution for the next-gen Honda City and an electric vehicle for the B segment was also in the works, but that’s for early next decade. Currently, the only hybrid car available in the C2 segment is the Maruti Ciaz. The Ciaz comes equipped with SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle System).
With Honda’s move towards electric mobility and the said increase in mileage after introducing e:HEV to the Honda City, the rivals might make a run for their money.