Honda City Dark Ruby Red Pearl 2

A couple of weeks ago, Honda Malaysia announced a new red paint option for the Honda City called Dark Ruby Red Pearl, which replaces the previous hero colour Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic in the Malaysian range. The press photos provided – which were Photoshopped versions of last year’s launch photos – gave the appearance that the colour has a slightly pinkish hue, so we went to get a proper look at it ourselves.

It turned out that was not the case – in person, the new shade wore a deep red sheen, very much like its namesake gemstone in fact, and is different from the very dark Carnelian Red Pearl seen in other markets. This red is exclusive to the City, even though the blue option was dropped from the Jazz‘s lineup too – the hatch does not get a replacement colour.

Honda City Dark Ruby Red Pearl 4

The company said that among the original launch colours, Crystal Black Pearl and the outgoing blue hue were two of the least popular choices – although black is still in the palette, along with Taffeta White, Modern Steel Metallic and Alabaster Silver Metallic. It settled on Dark Ruby Red Pearl after research showed that customers preferred red as a new colour option; it’s expected to make up 300 units of City sales monthly.

Apart from the new paint, there are no other changes to the B-segment sedan, but we’ve learned that recent batches of the City have had their reverse sensors count reduced from four sensors to two sensors. So what do you think – do you like this new red hue for the car?