Honda Malaysia today invited us to a brief preview of the highly-anticipated, all-new Honda City RS i-MMD and here’s what we can share so far.
Malaysia will be the first country in the world to feature the Honda City with the new 1.5-litre i-MMD powertrain that consists of two electric motors – one of which will be used to drive the car with 109 hp. The 1.5-litre engine itself won’t be used to power the car. Instead, combined with an electric motor, it will serve as a starter-generator.
Torque from the electric motor alone is rated at 253 Nm. Alternatively, a purely internal combustion 1.5-litre engine will be available and according to other markets in the region, the non i-MMD models come with around 121 hp and 145 Nm.
As for the exterior, aside from the Accord-like headlamps and Civic-like front grille garnish, the City RS i-MMD will also feature a front lip on a more aggressive front bumper. Along the side, the City RS i-MMD features 16-inch dual-tone wheels, although the lower variants will probably be equipped with 15-inch options like before.
In total, there will be four variants of the all-new Honda City in Malaysia. Another noteworthy difference in the new City’s exterior is that the side mirrors have been relocated; they’re now positioned by the doors instead of the A-pillar in the previous model. We also noticed that the City RS i-MMD comes with rear disc brakes!
In terms of dimensions, the new City is now lower, wider and longer but with a shorter wheelbase. That being said, the car still promises more room than before with a couple of tweaks on the front seat structure.
The Honda LaneWatch is now available on the City although we can’t confirm if it applies to the lower models. As for the inside, it appears that the new City now comes with an Electronic Parking Brake at the front and an armrest for the backseat. It seems that the new City for the Malaysian market will also come with Honda Sensing, based on the camera on the front windscreen – a feature not offered in the Thai models.