Honda has introduced the City CNG in Thailand, the company’s first compressed natural gas-powered car. The CNG version of the facelifted City is powered by a 1.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC engine that runs on both petrol and CNG. It complies with Euro 4 emission standards.

The City CNG’s engine makes 102 PS and 127 Nm of torque, compared to the petrol-only City’s 120 PS/145 Nm. Those interested in the City CNG are likely to see this shortfall as a fair trade for savings at the pumps.

To sooth fears of carrying a 65-litre tank of flammable gas, Honda has built in safety features that include an electronic safety control box and a solid cross bar with enhanced stability. There’s also a switching button in the cabin with gas remaining display.

Priced at 659,000 baht for the S version or 706,000 baht for the V spec, the City CNG is eligible for a tax rebate under the Thai government’s first-time car buyer scheme. The factory warranty is the usual three-year or 100,000 km deal.