The Honda City is no doubt Honda Malaysia’s most popular model thanks to its superior practicality and advanced features, and its value proposition is uncontested in its segment. After spotting it in Thailand last month, Honda Malaysia finally launched the hotly anticipated model today.

It’s offered in three trims – S, E and V, instead of four from before. The S+ model was dropped in favour of a more streamlined lineup. To everyone’s surprise, Honda Malaysia has managed to bring down the price for the CKD City, now with a base price of RM78k!

QUICK FACTS

Name Honda City 1.5 S Honda City 1.5 E Honda City 1.5 V
Engine 1,497cc; 4-cylinder SOHC with i-VTEC
Transmission CVT
Max Power 118 hp @ 6,600 rpm
Max Torque 145 Nm @ 4,600 rpm
Price (OTR with insurance) RM78,300 RM84,600 RM92,000

 

EXTERIOR

A range of standard features can be found across the range, beginning with keyless entry, push-start button, automatic folding wing mirrors, shark fin antenna, steering wheel audio controls, hands-free telephone, vehicle stability assist (VSA) and hill-start assist (HSA). It also gets a revised front grille like on the Civic FC while the Solid Wing grille extends into the headlamps. The rear bumper is also new.

The entry level S variant looks almost identical to the previous model, although it gets LED DRLs, shark fine antenna and a 15-inch dual tone alloys with 175/65 profile Goodyear GT3 tyres.

Stepping up to the mid-spec E variant, it adds on integrated turn signals in the wing mirrors and chrome plated door handles. Only the range topping V variant gets full LED headlamps and fog lamps, LED combination tail lamps, duck tail spoiler with LED third brake light and 16-inch dual tone alloys wrapped in 195/55 profile Goodyear Excellence tyres.

INTERIOR

Inside, the base spec S variant gets manual air condition control, black fabric upholstery and standard audio head unit with four speakers. The E variant adds touch-panel automatic air conditioning controls, rear air vents, cruise control, paddle shifters, front and rear armrest as well as 6.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with reverse camera. The V variant adds leather upholstery and ups the speaker count to eight.

PERFORMANCE

Mechanically, it retains the same 1.5-litre four-cylinder i-VTEC that’s capable of producing 118 hp and 145 Nm, while paired to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). This City is a certified Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV).

SAFETY

Standard safety features are equally impressive as all variants come equipped with dual frontal airbags, ABS with Brake Assist, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Vehicle Stability Assist and hill-start assist. E variant ups the airbag count to four while the V variant gets a six airbags. 

WHAT ELSE?

The facelifted Honda City is available in six exterior shades – Lunar Silver Metallic, Taffeta White, Dark Ruby Red Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl. Every purchase of the new City comes with a 5-Year unlimited mileage warranty, with a service interval of 10,000km.

As usual, there’s a range of optional accessories available to spice up your City, beginning with the Modulo Package, Urban Package, Utility Package, window tints and DVD Multimedia Navigation System with reverse camera.


IMAGE GALLERY

Honda City 1.5L V

Honda City 1.5L E with Modulo Package

Honda City 1.5L S


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