Honda City facelift debuts in Thailand – Honda Sensing, remote engine start now standard

After its launch in India, the Honda City sedan facelift has now arrived at Thailand’s shores and is available in five variants and two powertrain options. This includes the 1.0L Turbo V, SV, and RS variants, as well as the hybrid 1.5L e:HEV SV and RS variants. Prices for the facelifted Honda City sedan in Thailand range from THB629,000 (approx. RM83,788) to THB839,000 (approx. RM111,754).

On the outside, the Thai-spec Honda City facelift now gains a new front grille, as well as front and rear bumper designs. The RS variants have also gained a set of side skirts. Alloy designs on the facelifted Honda City in Thailand are also new, and its sizes range from 15 to 16 inches, depending on the variant.

Performance-wise, the facelifted Honda City in Thailand is available with two powertrain options – the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine, as well as Honda’s Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) powertrain, which consists of a 1.5-litre four-cylinder Atkinson Cycle naturally-aspirated (NA) engine together with an integrated starter-generator electric motor.

The turbocharged 1.0-litre engine is paired with a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) and sends 122 hp (metric) and 173 Nm to the front wheels. The i-MMD hybrid system, on the other hand, is paired with an e-CVT and sends a total of 109 hp (metric) and 253 Nm to the front wheels as well.

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The facelifted Honda City in Thailand still carries an interior design that is pretty much similar to the prior model. However, a notable change the B-segment sedan has gained on the inside includes the 4.2-inch coloured TFT LCD multi-information display that has been added to the 1.0-litre Turbo variants.

Safety-wise, Honda Sensing is now available as standard throughout the range for the Thailand-spec Honda City facelift, together with the newly added lead car departure notification system (LCDN). The LCDN is supposed to notify the driver when the car in front has departed from a traffic stop, for instance. Another feature Honda Thailand has added to its Honda City sedan lineup is the walk-away auto-lock function, which will automatically lock the car when the key fob is away from the car.

Besides the standard features, the two higher-end e:HEV variants in Thailand have also gained the low speed follow (LSF) to its autonomous cruise control (ACC) system, which can be useful during heavy traffic, especially during long-distance drives. This feature has yet to be available on the Malaysian-spec Honda City and City Hatchback just yet but is available with its bigger siblings like the Civic and HR-V.

However, there is one feature the Thailand-spec Honda City has gained that is already available with the Malaysian-spec Honda City range is the remote engine start function. Available with all variants of the Malaysian-spec Honda City and City Hatchback, aside from the base S variant, the remote engine start function is now available with all variants of the Thailand-spec Honda City sedan.

What do you think of the facelifted Honda City sedan in Thailand? And do you think Malaysia is next to receive the Honda City facelift? Let us know in the comments!

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