‘Refined, more ambitious’ Honda City launched

By Azlan Ramli

HONDA Malaysia on Thursday launched a refreshed Honda City (saloon) with five variants including a new RS variant, the most sought-after model now sporting bolder exterior and advanced features.
Company managing director and CEO Hironobu Yoshimura said: “The popularity of the City is undeniable. Since it was introduced in 2002, there are now more than 423,000 Citys on Malaysian roads. The fifth-generation City introduced in 2020 further elevated the B-segment as Malaysia was the first country in the world to launch the e:HEV RS variant.

“To further offer our customers with value and feature offerings, the new City will be available in two RS variants, the e:HEV RS and Petrol RS, in which customers will have more options based on their needs and demands.”
The unique RS design in the new City features new honeycomb front grille, new front lower grille, new rear diffuser, new side skirting and a newly designed “RS” emblem.

Other sporty exterior features include new front bumper, new rear bumper and new 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels*.

The Petrol RS and e:HEV RS variants are now longer with refreshed bumper design measuring 4,589mm in length while the S, E and V variants are 4,580 mm in length.

The top-of-the-range RS variant is equipped with the same 1.5L e:HEV powertrain which produces 107.5hp of maximum output and 253Nm torque which is best-in-class. Meanwhile, the 1.5 DOHC i-VTEC engine can deliver a maximum power of 119hp and a maximum torque of 145Nm.

To provide customers with an engaged and sporty driving experience, paddle shifter now comes standard in all Petrol variants. The e:HEV RS variant is fitted with deceleration selector paddles that enable the driver to engage on the paddles for power regeneration and to decelerate the vehicle without stepping on the brake pedal.

In terms of interior enhancement, both Petrol RS and e:HEV RS are equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto** wireless connectivity and a 7.0-inch TFT Meter.

Except for the S variant, all other variants share new upgraded features, namely eight speakers, new interface for display audio, enhanced multi-angle rear view camera and new rear USB port (type C).

The new City Petrol RS and e:HEV RS receive smartphone connectivity with the Honda Connect as a standard advanced feature.

In an effort to offer more value, customers now have the option to equip their new City with Honda Connect for the non-RS variants. Honda Malaysia is currently offering a special price of RM1,500.00*** until January 2024 for the optional Honda Connect.

The price of the new City is as follows (variants, on-the-road price without insurance****):
- e:HEV RS: RM111,900;
- Petrol RS: RM99,900
- V: RM94,900
- E: RM89,900
- S: RM84,900.

It is offered in five colours -- Ignite Red Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Meteoroid Gray Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl.
* Applicable for Petrol RS and e:HEV RS only.
** Android Auto will be available upon its official launch of the service in Malaysia.
*** Special price for Honda Connect is offered from Aug 10 to Jan 31, 2024 or while stocks last. Terms and conditions apply.
**** On-the-road price without insurance. Prices are subject to change without prior notice.