This is the first time we’ve seen this prototype on-test in Thailand. It appears to have the new Honda family front-end, and judging from its size, it appears to be some kind of C-segment sedan. Might we be looking at a Honda Jazz sedan on-test, or perhaps the new 2015 City? Couple of months earlier, we brought you the rendered picture of the upcoming next-gen Honda City, giving our readers an overall idea of how the production version will look like!
We are not surprised to hear, even if Honda has commenced the testing of 2015 City in India. As Economic Times recently reported that, all-new 2015 Honda City is all-set to unveil this-month, but the location remains unknown at the moment. This comes as a surprise, as we were expecting the next-gen City to premiere at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, along with the new 2014 Jazz hatchback and Brio-based Mobilio MPV.
This car isn’t to be confused with the Honda Civic, which is a D-segment car, Honda’s term for entry-level cars aimed at increasing market share in emerging markets like India and China. But the 2015 City’s launch in India is expected to happen after that of the new Jazz. The Japanese car manufacturer has other cars on the cards that include the Brio-based MPV and Jazz-based compact SUV. Sadly, all these models will be launched over the period of next 2 years.
The major change under the hood will be the addition of a much-needed diesel powertrain option. This 1.5-litre i-DTEC turbo diesel engine, first made its debut in Honda Amaze compact sedan and likely to power the next-gen City and Jazz, as well. Currently, this engine is available with a 100 PS-200 Nm state of tune on the Amaze. As the City is a much larger car than the Amaze, the 1.5-litre i-DTEC engine could be tuned to output extra torque to cope with the additional weight.
The 2015 City will also be available with a petrol engine, furthermore, it will also have an dual-fuel option of petrol/CNG. This petrol engine will come matted to both automatic gearbox and manual gearbox. There’s word on the net that the petrol motor under the hood will get the 1.6-litre i-VTEC petrol engine instead of current 1.5-litre mill. Alongside the new exterior design, the interiors to will be more premium and spacious being the best-in-segment.
Check out more spy pictures, after the jump.
Source – Pantip forum