2020 Honda City will likely have a completely overhauled exterior while a comprehensive hybrid powertrain could join the lineup in 2021
Honda Cars India has the Amaze and City as two of its popular models in the domestic market. It only made sense to give a thorough upgrade to the Amaze to boost its sales volume and Honda finally did it after five years of its debut. The second generation Amaze was showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo before going on sale in May.
It made a world of difference for the Japanese manufacturer as the Amaze contributed to nearly half of the brand’s total volume in 2018 and its consistency is well worth the praise on its second avatar. With the C-segment sedan sales gradually going down, Honda is certainly feeling the heat and it could make amends by introducing an all-new City.
Unlike any other mainstream car brand, Honda relies heavily on its four-strong sedan lineup. Along with the Amaze, the re-entry of the Civic has been a success story so far while the next generation City is expected to arrive sometime next year. With Honda thinking over locally assembling hybrid cars in the next three years, a hybrid City is more of a possibility.
The next-gen City will have bigger dimensions than the outgoing model and we can expect it to adopt the latest design cues followed by the brand globally. It will likely take styling influence from the Insight concept showcased in Detroit last year or the latest iteration of the alluring Crider.
Due to the increased proportions, the cabin is expected to be more spacious than the existing model besides additional bootspace to carry the luggage around. The dashboard and centre console could receive a revised design while a large touchscreen infotainment system will sit at the centre.
Meeting expectations of the modern-day customers, it will likely come equipped with high-end connectivity features. We reckon the current petrol and diesel engines could be carried forward with BSVI compliance while a comprehensive hybrid system will reach showrooms by 2021.