From the first-generation model that was based on the sixth-generation Honda Civic (FERIO), to the highly popular arrow-shot designed third-gen City powered by an all-new 1.5 l i-VTEC engine, Honda continued to raise the benchmark with this car in the upper C-segment of the industry. With over eight lakh units sold in India and four million units sold in 60 countries, the City has built a strong legacy among customers, especially in the Asia-Oceania region, with a market share of around 20 % in total.
The company has now started production of the fifth-generation Honda City at its Greater Noida plant, with its launch scheduled for some time in July. Competition in the segment is likely to heat up with the upgraded versions of Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and the Volkswagen Vento having hit the market in the last few months. How the 5th-gen Honda City takes on these cars, and whether it would be able to create new sales benchmarks in the segment will be clear once the product is launched in the market.
We were recently invited to the first experience of the soon-to-be-launched 2020 Honda City, and this is a feature on what’s new from a technology and product perspective.
Unlike the fourth-gen City, which bore a similar look as that of the third-gen City, the new City has been completely redesigned, based on the grand concept of an ‘ambitious sedan’. Dimensionally, the new 2020 Honda City is bigger than the previous generation City. It is longer by 109 mm at 4,549 mm and wider by 53 mm at 1,748 mm. Honda has reduced the height of the new City by 6 mm, while the wheelbase has remained the same.
The design of the new Honda City is inspired by the Katana sword, a Japanese curved sword that was used by ancient samurais. At the front, the new Honda City has a wing face similar to that of the Civic and the Accord. The headlights comprise nine LED arrays that have been developed to align the shells and help enhance the light distribution in the vehicle. Six low beam (outside) and three high beam (inside) LED have been installed in an array with a high-sense design. The rear combination lamps have been integrated with the body in a horizontal and three-dimensional shape, while the stop lamp has been changed from the halogen bulb in the current model to LED.
A lot of emphasis was accorded to improve visibility form inside the cabin. The front hood invisible length, for example, has been reduced by about 42 % as compared to the current model. A gap was created between the A-pillar and the door mirror by moving the mirror to the door skin mounting from the conventional sash mounting, thus minimising the blind spot of the A-pillar. At the rear, the invisible length has been shortened to less than one metre, making reversing a lot easier.
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