2014 Honda City White- 5

Say hello again to the 2014 Honda City, which was previewed to the press at a media gathering last week. That same black Melaka-assembled unit has since gone on a shopping mall roadshow circuit – done with the Klang Valley, it will be at the East Coast Mall this weekend.

So it was a pleasant surprise to see a white-coloured 2014 City at Honda’s DRB-Hicom Autofest booth. This is the first time we’ve seen the City in another colour other than black. At first glance, it looks similar to the black Grade E unit, with the same 15-inch wheels and 175/65 Goodyear GT3 tyres, but the differences show upon closer inspection.

This white car’s cabin lacks the previously seen push start button and steering audio controls. The trim surrounding the stereo is not in gloss black, and the dials lack chrome surrounds. Even the dial faces are different – this should be the standard meter panel, not the illuminated meter cluster.

2014 Honda City White- 7
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It’s obviously a step down from Grade E, so this car should be either a Grade S or S+. What we already know is that Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) will only equip the E and range-topping V grades, and that the full suite of six airbags and 16-inch rims are exclusive to the V. With today’s sighting, we now have a clearer picture of the gulf between S/S+ and E grades.

The DRB-Hicom Autofest 2014 will be running throughout the weekend at the EON Complex in Glenmarie, next to the DRB-Hicom headquarters. All DRB-related brands are there, including Proton, Lotus, Volkswagen, Audi, Honda, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Suzuki, Modenas and Can-Am. We hear that there will be good deals in store, so do check the event out.