2020 Honda City May Get Digital Instrument Cluster
The Honda City could be the first car in the compact sedan segment in India to get a digital instrument cluster
Next-gen Honda City is expected to be introduced in India in 2020.
Global debut could happen at next year’s Auto Expo.
Could get a minimal interior with a large infotainment system in the middle of the dashboard.
May not be the first mass-market Honda car globally to get a digital instrument cluster.
The seventh-gen Honda City is currently under development and is expected to be showcased to the world in 2020, possibly at the Delhi Auto Expo in February. The new model will be introduced 6 years after the sixth generation of the City was launched.
The 2020 Honda City is expected to feature electrified powertrains and could get a digital instrument cluster as well, which might be a first-in-segment feature, at least in India. None of the City’s rivals like the Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz, Skoda Rapid and VW Vento get a digital instrument cluster at the moment and new models of these cars are not scheduled to come before the new-gen City.
The new Honda City should be based on a new platform to support any level of electrification, and that is likely to be shared with the new-gen Jazz as well, which is also on the brink of a generation change. Apart from the platform, its powertrain(s) and certain interior parts are also likely to be shared.
The 2020 Honda City’s digital instrument cluster might be a 7-inch display unit, like the one on the new Civic, but its layout may not be similar; the Civic gets a three-part digital console. Currently, both the City and the Jazz get a three-pod layout where the speedometer occupies the larger central dial, while the rev counter sits to the left of it. There’s a dial on the right that houses a multi-information LCD display.
The Civic, on the other hand, gets a 7-inch colour TFT where the left-hand section shows engine temperature and the right-hand side has the fuel level indicator. The digital display allows the driver to toggle through audio controls, vehicle performance and fuel economy metrics along with other drive data as well.
The new City’s clean dashboard layout could be more in sync with Honda’s upcoming electric vehicle, which was displayed in near-production form as the Honda e Prototype earlier this year. While it remains to be seen which other compact sedan gets a digital instrument cluster right after the City, the new-gen Rapid and Vento, which might come in 2021, are likely to feature VW’s Active Info Display digital instrument cluster.
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