Honda City, a small sedan and hatchback designed for the Asian market has been around for a long time. The current generation was introduced in 2019 and according to Honda’s management, it’s time for updates. From what we know so far, the 2024 Honda City is about to get some notable changes. It won’t be a full redesign, but rather a facelift, which will put focus on aesthetical enhancements.
Interior updates are also possible, while the mechanical aspect is about to remain the same. This doesn’t refer only to the chassis and suspension, but also to the powertrain lineup, which differs from market to market. Of course, we also expect to see updates regarding new features, particularly in terms of high-tech goodies and similar things.
Considering the expected updates, we presume that the 2024 Honda City will hit the market a little bit earlier than usual, probably sometime in the second half of the year.
2024 Honda City Design
Despite the rumors, the 2024 Honda City redesign won’t happen. Instead, we will see a mid-cycle refresh, which will be pretty comprehensive and bring updates in various aspects. The test mule has already been spotted and its camouflage shows the main areas that are about to receive updates. Of course, most changes will happen at the front, where we expect to see revised headlights, a new grille, a new front bumper etc. The rear end probably won’t feature bigger changes, except for minor tweaks to the rear bumper and taillight internals. Of course, we also expect to see typical mid-cycle updates, such as new color options, new wheels and similar things.
On the other hand, the 2024 Honda City changes in terms of mechanics will be minimal. We expect to see the same layout, based on a familiar Global Small platform, which already underpins models like Jazz/Fit and HR-V. The suspension setup is rather simple and includes a solid rear axle, but the actual ride quality is surprisingly good.
Interior changes are possible too. As you know, this model is designed mostly for developing markets, so the interior quality isn’t spectacular. Most of the cabin is wrapped with hard plastics. However, the next year’s model might bring slight improvements in this aspect and offers some new, finer materials, along with nicer color schemes. We also expect to see a couple of upgrades regarding tech features, which would include things like a new, bigger infotainment system, new connectivity features and maybe also a new digital instrument cluster.
On the other hand, the overall cabin layout will remain the same. The 2024 Honda City will continue in two body styles, the sedan version offers a little bit more legroom, while the hatchback delivers better headroom and a notably bigger cargo area.
2024 Honda City Engines
The upcoming update will bring a lot of changes but the powertrain lineup will remain the same. Of course, the offer will differ from market to market, just like it does in the current model. For example, the Indian version is available both in petrol and diesel variant. The petrol version uses a naturally-aspirated 1.5-liter inline-four, which puts out around 120 horsepower and 145Nm of torque. On the other hand, the diesel features the same displacement but offers a little bit more torque, around 200Nm, and less power, around 98 horses. Both engines come with a manual transmission but the petrol engine can also be paired with a CVT.
In some other markets, like Thailand, the City uses a newer-generation 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine, which puts out around 120 horsepower and 173 pound-feet of torque. There is even a hybrid version in some parts of Asia, equipped with the same system as the Fit/Jazz hybrid. This means a system that combines a 98-hp petrol engine with a 109-hp electric motor, while the max torque goes up to 250 Nm. Both turbo-three and hybrid powertrain use CVT.
2024 Honda City Release Date
Despite the updates, we don’t expect that the 2024 Honda City will be scheduled for a much earlier date than usual. We expect to see it sometime in the second half of 2023.