Honda City: Old Vs New
The first-gen Honda City went on sale in 1981 in Japan and eventually made its way to other markets as well. However, Nepal took a little while to evolve as a potential auto market for global brands which is why the City reached our shores only in 1997. At present, Honda is selling the fourth-generation City in our market and the fifth-generation has been unveiled just last week in Thailand. The new model is expected to come to our market next year and to say that there is quite a lot that has changed in the new model will be an understatement, it is a new car in entirety and looks completely different than its predecessor. Here's a look at how different both models are.
Simply going by the looks, the first thing that comes to one's mind is how similar it is to its cousins like the Civic and Accord, doing justice to the family design. The 2020City looks more angular than the current model, especially at the front where the flat, solid wing face becomes quite prominent as opposed to the current City's diving nose boasting just a flat grille up front. The headlamps of the new city are now LED units with daytime running lights neatly integrated and they looks much sleeker sharp now.
The wing face boasts of a chunky chrome bar which partly insets into the jewel themed headlamps and the three-part bumper is neatly contoured housing big air curtains on either ends. The profile of the new model too looks sharper and a bit tort as opposed to the model on sale now. The new one sports a sharp character line that starts from the headlamps and merges with the wraparound taillights, covering the entire length of the car. Talking of the taillights, they are LED units and look really sexy with the U-shaped signature light. The rear itself is all-new and reminds you a bit of the Accord Hybrid with all the contouring on the boot.
The 2020 Honda City has grown in size and is now over 100 mm longer, while the width has increased by 53 mm. The height though is now lowered by a good 28 mm that makes for a sleeker looking sedan. That said, Honda has trimmed the wheelbase on the new City by 11 mm, despite the overall increase in length. The 2020 Honda City now stands at 4553 mm in length, 1748 mm in width, 1467 mm in height and its wheelbase stands at 2589 mm.
On the inside, the new generation Honda City gets plenty of upgrades including a new layout for the dashboard wrapped in soft-touch upholstery. The current City doesn't get leather upholstery on the dashboard and gets a three-part design. The overall design in the new City though is neat and flush and it houses vertical-style air vents and a larger touchscreen infotainment system in the centre. The climate control switches are positioned just below that, while the switches have been replaced with touch-sensitive controls.