Leaked images of the new 2023 Honda City minor change facelift have surfaced online, ahead of its scheduled official launch in India on the 2nd of March.
The minor facelift update is set to unveil approximately three and a half years after the fifth-generation Honda City made its global debut in Thailand back in 2019 – but Malaysians might be caught off guard by how soon it’s released, since the B-segment model was only launched here in October 2020.
Changes on the minor facelift update are fairly minimal. On the front, the new 2023 Honda City gets a reworked front grille with a slimmer chrome trim paired to a honeycomb mesh insert, while the lower bumper also receives a slight nip and tuck to its fog lamp housing design.
The updates are even more minimal at the rear, with the only visible change being the new diffuser-like element on the rear bumper. Otherwise, the rest of the car’s exterior seems to be untouched.
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It’s also the same story on the inside, where the only visible update for the new 2023 Honda City facelift seems to be a slight tweak on the steering wheel controls, now incorporating what looks like a volume wheel on the left button cluster. The infotainment display is also unchanged from before, but any changes in specifications and equipment will likely only become obvious when the car is officially launched.
The fifth-gen Honda City has always been offered with a wooden trim on the dashboard over in India, so don’t worry – we’re fairly certain it won’t make its way into our Malaysian cars when the facelift update is launched here.
Over in India, the existing fifth-generation Honda City is currently offered in both petrol and diesel variants. However, the latter will likely be dropped on the new facelift model due to the introduction of stricter new emissions standard in India.
As for the former, it’s the same 1.5-litre inline-four naturally-aspirated unit as we have here, making 121 hp and 145 Nm. Just like us, the Honda City in India is also offered with an e:HEV hybrid powertrain making 126 hp and 253 Nm, although it’s only available on the range-topping ZX variant.