Honda City Update
Predictions / Opinion
Couple of months ago, we had a an unofficial /undocumented news and rumor about Honda Atlas working on replacing the current generation of City in Pakistan, Although the news seems like this is for sure happening but there might be a twist in it. And a twist means change in strategy.
Normally cars are released and understood by their generation and chassis codes. The generation of City currently is Pakistan is as old as an entire generation. Came back in 2009 and 5th generation in line with chassis code GM2/GM3.
The 5th generation was replaced by 6th which has chassis code GM4/GM5/GM6/GM9. The various chassis code is for the fact that the same generation was known with different names in different markets or with some different technicalities. Honda City in our region was known as GM6 and it came in 2014 and remained till 2019.
The GM6 is now replaced with the GN1, which the most recent Honda City and 7th generation and was revealed in Thailand in November 2019. GN1 was about to release in India in March 2020 but because of COVID-19, the launch is delayed. Pakistan follow Honda Indonesia for their product lineup and currently Honda has not released the new City in Indonesia and it is also delayed there as well. Honda Indonesia do get Honda City from Thailand assembly plant for their market.
For reference GM6 pictures are shared for understanding the model .
Now as per the recent Pakistan Import Data, Honda Atlas imported a CBU/ Completely Built Unit of a 6th generation City from Thailand. The import data shows a "GM6" Honda City with L15Z engine which is a 1.5L engine as currently in City. Car companies import built cars to develop local models and it is typical procedure .
So, what does this mean ? It looks like that yes for sure Honda Atlas is working on replacing the City BUT is the replacement coming inform of 6th generation ? The generation which is discontinued or about to be discontinued in other regions.
The GN1/7th generation City is on an entire new platform and do need major investment and upgrades to assembly plant while GM6/ 6th generation is not very different from the City currently we have as far as platform and it looks like Honda Atlas might be working on bringing a 6th generation of City instead of the 7th. GM6 got facelift during its lifetime and Honda Atlas most probably will be bringing the facelift if they have decided to bring the GM6.
Arrival of Toyota Yaris sedan might actually be eating Honda City share and the segment which was ruled by Honda City for a very long time has now a competitor. City is Honda Atlas main selling product and now with an option to buyers, they will start loosing sales and even features like shark-fin antenna might not save it although Toyota Yaris dont have that . Developing a GN1 /7th City means couple of years will be required in addition to huge investment and with current state of local car industry , it could be the reason we will not see the new generation of City available outside in Pakistan and will still be a generation behind other countries. Honda Atlas might also be sensing that arrival of Yaris might hit sales figures of their City and they need something quickly in the market to keep the boat sailing.
The GN1, which is the latest generation of Honda City is on an entire new Honda platform and do need major investment and upgrades to assembly plant while GM6 generation is not very different from the Honda City currently we have in Pakistan as far as platform and it looks like Honda Atlas might be working on bringing once again an older generation of City instead of the latest and call it once again " New City " . GM6 got face-lift during its lifetime and Honda Atlas most probably will be bringing the face-lift IF ATLAS has decided to bring the GM6 City.
Unfortunately most of the public wants "NEW SHAPE" and for them from current Honda City to GM6 will suffice. Buyers happily buy current City in Pakistan even being older generation with multiple fake-lifts [ face-lifts ] and they will still buy the 6th / GM6 , no matter if it is already dead everywhere else. I wish Honda Atlas started their home-work on this project 6 years ago and today we would be talking about the Honda City we all wish we get like the other get outside Pakistan. Honda Atlas never invested towards the development of Honda City inline with international models because there was no competition in the market all these years and unfortunately the status will still remain the same if we will be getting the one generation discontinued model replacing a two generation older model.
We can safely assume that if HAPL is working on development of GM6 City, we might be able to see it in a flesh within a year time. Lastly its too early to say what's going on with Atlas but few facts give us some direction to make some guesses. Once we have more info, we will share . As of now nothing is officially confirmed and I leave it to readers to make an opinion on basis of available resources.
You can read about previous update here> https://www.facebook.com/groups/309434242505239?view=permalink&id=2831534880295150