The C segment has many sedans, in the Indian market. The Honda City, though, has been the best seller for many years now. Current gen City was launched in 2014 and this was the first generation of City to offer a diesel engine considering the Indian market wants. It received various facelifts which made it a bit bolder and sharper.
With the new BS-VI norms, most manufacturers are planning to dump the diesel motor considering the cost of up-gradation. For instance, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz will not be getting an updated BS-VI compliant diesel engine. However, Honda ignoring the cost has planned to focus on consumer wants and will be offering a diesel engine units next generation.
Honda has decided to update 1.5l and 1.6l diesel engines powering the WR-V, Jazz, and Civic, CR-V respectively. The price is also expected to increase considering the cost of development. It could be launched by the first quarter of 2020 to meet the deadline of April 2020 given by the Government.
The launch of Nextgen City is expected by the first quarter of 2020. It is expected to get make its debut in Auto Expo 2020. This will be a new generation and will follow the new design language as seen on Civic and Accord already. It shall also see various updates in features to make it competitive.
It will be powered by the same 1.5l iVtec and 1.5l iDtec motors which will be updated to meet BS-VI. A hybrid option might be offered with the petrol motor on a later date. The expected price for the same would be ₹9.72 lakhs ranging up to ₹14 lakhs (ex-showroom). It will be competing with Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and Toyota Yaris.