The Honda City has been unveiled in China by Guangzhou Honda at the 2008 Guangzhou Motor Show, but it will only make a showroom debut with official prices on the 12th of December 2008.
What’s most interesting is in the Chinese market, the City will come with two engine options. One is the new 1.5 litre i-VTEC that we’re also going to get, but the other engine option is the R-series 1.8 litre SOHC i-VTEC from the Civic 1.8.
A lightweight Honda City equipped with a 140 horsepower 1.8 litre engine could be loads of fun. China always gets special deals such as this, for example the current generation Toyota Vios sold in China is equipped with a 1.6 litre Dual VVT-i engine while the rest of the world have to make do with the 1.5 litre 1NZ-FE family engine.
I’m not sure if this is what Guangzhou Honda meant by developing a Civic competitor (the Civic is sold by another Honda-linked company in China).
A previous report said a 1.8 litre engine was going to be plonked into the City to create a C-segment competitor, but an engineer quoted in the report also mentioned that the new 1.8 litre City-based car would have Civic proportions and a new name and shape.
2009 Honda City: in-depth details and specifications (must-read!)