Indian-spec Honda City is the loaded sedan we want in the Philippines

Updated Oct 18, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Will a diesel Honda City variant ever come to the Philippines?

Honda Cars India has revealed several features that we can look forward to in the 2020 City. The new and updated Indian-spec Honda City is set to be launched this year.

The Indian-spec Honda is installed with a 7-inch semi-digital instrument and a small multi-info display. What’s impressive about the 2020 City is Honda’s LaneWatch system.

This consists of a camera on the passenger-side wing mirror that helps the driver see the other side of the car better. The feed is then displayed to the center screen.

The new 2020 Honda City in India

Looking at the updates, we can say that Honda Cars India is doing a great job

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Under the hood, the Indian-spec City will reportedly come with two 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine options. The first engine option is a naturally-aspirated L15A i-VTEC gasoline engine that is capable of generating 119 hp at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm.

It is coupled to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).

The second engine option is said to come with a diesel engine that produces 99 hp and 200 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. All engine options in the Philippine-spec Honda City are only offered with a gasoline engine.

Side view of the Honda City

A more aggressive and sportier body details have been added

For the exterior features, the side body profiles have also been updated – giving the Indian-spec City an even sportier and more aggressive overall design. The wheels have also been reworked that gives the sedan a more subtle yet sporty visual.

Other Indian-spec City features are said to include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Honda Connect telematics system, a sunroof, LED headlamps and taillights, hill start assist, keyless entry, remote engine start, leather upholstery, six airbags, and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system.

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Interior view of the City

Updates in the interior made it look contemporary

As much as we want these features to be included in our local City, Honda Philippines hasn’t released any statement regarding the matter.

If the diesel-powered City makes its way in the local market, we could see a slugfest featuring one of its segment rivals, the Hyundai Accent equipped with a CRDi engine. 

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Know more about Honda City 2021

Honda City

The City is Japanese subcompact car stalwart Honda's entry in the segment. Now on its fifth generation, the new model comes with a sleeker exterior design along with a revamped interior and an updated in-cabin features. From the looks of it, this vehicle looks well suited to go up against its rivals in the subcompact sedan segment such as the Toyota Vios and Kia Soluto.

The exterior of the latest release looks sleeker and sportier as compared to the outgoing model. Upfront, the top-spec RS variant comes with full LED headlights, LED fog lamps, a more prominent fog light garnish, a glossy black mesh grille, and a sporty bumper. On the other hand, the non-RS City variants also come with a striking facia but it doesn’t have fog lamps. Also, non-RS trims are integrated with halogen projector headlamps.

Honda Philippines is offering the City on four variants: RS CVT, V CVT, S CVT, and S MT. All variants come with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC gasoline engine. The said power unit generates 119 hp and 145 Nm of torque. In addition, all variants come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) except for the entry-level S variant that uses a six-speed manual gearbox instead.

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Rex Sanchez

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Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.


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