2020 Honda City launched at Rs 10.90 lakh

Honda has launched the fifth-generation City in India at Rs 10.90 lakh. The latest iteration of the popular midsize sedan is available in three trim levels and comes with three engine-gearbox options to choose from. Given below are the variant-wise prices for the new Honda City.

the fifth-generation City is one of only two midsize sedans that is also available with a diesel engine; the other being the Hyundai Verna. The 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel has been updated to meet BS6 norms and comes paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard. Fuel-efficiency of the 2020 City diesel is rated at 24.1kpl by ARAI.

The big talking point on the new City, however, is the new petrol engine. It’s a 1,498cc naturally-aspirated unit that develops 121hp and 145Nm, which is a 2hp increase over the fourth-gen City’s 1.5-litre SOHC mill. The new engine gets a twin-cam, or Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC), set-up - which gives provides better control over valve timing and valve lift - making it easier to meet the more stringent BS6 emission norms without sacrificing performance and economy. Gearbox options for the petrol include a 6-speed manual and a CVT auto. The new City petrol does an ARAI-rated 17.8kpl with the manual and 18.4kpl with the CVT auto.

Meanwhile, the fourth-gen City will continue to be sold with the 119hp, 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated SOHC petrol engine.

Compared to the fourth-gen City (Rs 9.91-14.31 lakh*), new City petrol prices start about Rs 99,000 higher, which means the gap to models like the well-priced 2020 Skoda Rapid (Rs 7.49-11.79 lakh) and Maruti Ciaz (Rs 8.32-11.10 lakh*) would be much greater. Having both generations of the model on sale will help Honda reach a wider selection of misize sedan buyers.

Things in the midsize sedan segment have heated up over the past few months with Hyundai launching the facelifted Verna (Rs 9.31-15.10 lakh) and Volkswagen updating the Vento (Rs 8.86-13.29 lakh) with a new engine to meet BS6 standards. The Honda City also faces competition from Toyota’s Yaris (Rs 8.86-14.30 lakh*).

2020 Honda City launched at Rs 10.90 lakh