After countless rumors and reports (as well as spy shots) regarding the perceived launch of the all-new Honda City, we finally know when it's coming. The automaker themselves have officially confirmed that the next-generation B-segment sedan will be making its global debut this November 25 in Thailand.
What's more is that Honda also confirmed that it will have a new engine under the hood that will be 33% more fuel efficient, while also delivering better performance. While Honda did not exactly state what this new engine will be, our best guess is that it is the new 1.0-liter turbocharged inline-three that we have previously reported several times.
Based on the Euro-Civic specs, it will make 120 PS and, more significantly, 200 Nm of torque, much more than the 145 Nm we see in the current model. The shift to a smaller, downsized turbocharged engine was to meet Thailand's Phase 2 Eco-Car Program, meaning it has to follow stricter emission laws, as well as have better fuel economy. There is no word yet as to what transmission options the new City will have, but it will more than likely be a CVT and a manual gearbox as before. A hybrid option could also be offered at a later date for those that prefer something more eco-friendly.
Like the all-new Jazz, revealed at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, the next-gen City also received a new nameplate design and it looks similar to the one on the fourth-generation hatchback. Apart from that, Honda also mentioned that the new sedan will 'break free from old beliefs and limits', have more class-leading features, and a roomier cabin. This could mean that the City will be slightly bigger than the current model.
Sadly we have yet to see any design renderings of the new City. But given that its hatchback counterpart has received a different look altogether, we won't be surprised if the sedan will also go along that direction. But according to Mr. Noboyuku Aoyama, president of Honda R&D Asia Pacific (HRAP), the new Honda City will not disappoint.
Once out in Thailand, we'd expect a couple of months before we get out hands on it. Given that it's the Philippine International Motor Show next year, it might just makes its grand local debut by the third quarter of 2020.