UPDATE: Gallery now filled with pictures of the launch and studio shots
We’ve just witnessed the launch of the Honda City. Not new of course, but this car has gone through a nip here and a tuck there. There are two trim levels for the City, this being Grade S and Grade E.
Carried forward from the pre-facelift City is the 1.5 litre iVTEC engine, paired with a five-speed automatic that we are all familiar with. For those who don’t, the power is rated at 120 PS at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of torque from 4,800 rpm.
The revised City does come with new and nifty features other than the prescribed cosmetic change. For the record, the City gets a new front and rear bumpers, a new chrome grille and rear lights.
Inside, the City gets a refurbished dashboard and meter cluster. The dashboard and centre console gets refreshed with a new colour and stylised dials. As for the metallic-trimmed meter cluster, it now displays an ECO light that lights up when you’re driving the car efficiently.
As for safety, the City gets two front airbags, ISOFIX, ABS with EBD and Brake Assist. Notably, the City’s centre rear seat now gets a headrest and a three-point ELR seat belt for added safety and comfort. The City also comes with the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), but this only applies to the Grade E.
Other features exclusive to the Grade E are front fog lights, retractable side mirrors with turn signals, chrome exhaust tips, paddle shifters, leather wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, cup holders for the rear armrest and rear seat under tray.
The Grade E also gets bigger wheels, which is 185/55 R16 wrapped in Continental ContiPremiumContact 2. As for the Grade S, it wears 175/65 R15 wheels wrapped in Goodyear GT3 tyres.
The City is available in five colours, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Polished Metal Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and Taffeta White. New to the range is a shade called Sparkling Brown Metallic.
The Grade S (base spec) is priced at RM85,980 and the Grade E (full spec) comes at RM90,980. Both prices are on-the-road with insurance. Honda have also tagged a five-year unlimited mileage warranty for the City, and the offer also comes with six free labour services, up to 100,000km.
Honda is also offering the optional Modulo body kit and Honda Connex SVR. For an additional RM2,950, the Modulo package adds on skirts to the front, rear and sides. The Honda Connex SVR, or stolen vehicle recovery system, can be added to the car for an extra RM3,660 including a first-year annual subscription.
Other equipment that can be added on are the illuminated side step, alloy pedals, trunk tray, duck spoiler, wing spoiler, door visor, front grille, navigation system and child seats. All are priced individually; prices are not available at launch.
Honda said that this City is the first CKD model to roll out of its factory after the resumption of production in April 2012.