Honda City unveiled in Thailand

Honda Ballade

The new Honda City aka Ballade.Here's the newcomer in standard

Honda is offering the new City in four trim levels, including S, V, SV and RS. The LED headlamps too are new and feature a much sharper & angular look than before.

Although it's not as daringly styled as the larger Civic, the new Ballade certainly takes some design inspiration from its larger sibling, particularly at the front end, and potential buyers will also be pleased to know that there's a brand new engine beneath the bonnet - and it's turbocharged.

When it comes to safety, the all-new Honda City packs a G-Con (G-Force Control) body structure, six airbags, ABS, EBD, Vehicle Stability Assist, Hill Start Assist and a Multi-angle Rearview Camera.

Igarashi also said, "The Asia & Oceania region is an important market for Honda City, with more than 100,000 units sold in the region in 2019 (January to September 2019), which accounts for nearly 70% of Honda City sales worldwide".

The dust has finally settled, as Honda has unveiled the fifth generation City in Thailand after endless speculations over the years. However, the new sedan is shorter in height by 28mm while the wheelbase has also reduced by 11mm as well. The Honda City in the worldwide market sits on 15-inch wheels but the India spec model is most likely to get a larger and wider set of wheels.

This is where the interior ambience changes in the new City. The new fascia, with the wide grille and wraparound headlamps, gives the auto a wider, lower stance than before. The 7-speed paddle-shift system also offers exciting yet comfortable driving experience, thanks to the cruise control system.

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Moving to the interiors, the 2020 Honda City now features an entirely new dashboard layout. Both models feature subtle creases on the lower part of the doors and get diamond-cut alloy wheels. Prices for the new 2020 Honda City is expected to be slightly higher than the model now on sale in the country.

From the side, the 2020 Honda City comes with a minimalistic look, with little to no chrome apart from the door handles.

The outgoing Honda City can be had in India with two engine options - a 119hp, 1.5-litre petrol engine and a 100hp, 1.5-litre diesel motor.

Honda claims that the already purposeful and brilliantly packaged interior has been made even more spacious, with better ergonomics for occupants. The dashboard has been reworked and this time the City sports an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple Carplay with Siri voice control.

Interestingly enough, the engine in the spotlight at the new City's Thai unveil event was a new 122hp, 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine coupled with a CVT gearbox option only.

Do you think the latest Honda City has the ingredients to shake up the midsize sedan segment like its predecessors did?

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