Honda Malaysia’s Facebook page has recently shared a picture of the Honda City Hybrid (a.k.a. the Honda Grace) along with some specifications of the car’s powertrain and fuel efficiency.

Wondering if this was some sort of a localised teaser, we gave Honda Malaysia a quick call to find out if there was any truth or possibility to this idea, but unfortunately, it looks like no such plans are in the pipeline.

Honda Malaysia has confirmed to that the Honda City Hybrid will not be launched here any time soon, and that the company has no plans in sight to do so.

Contrastingly, we have been told otherwise in the past. In March 2014, Honda Malaysia’s CEO, Yoichiro Ueno confirmed that the City Hybrid would be sold in Malaysia as a locally-assembled (CKD) model, with the possibility of the car even being assembled at its No 2 Line in Pegoh.

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Months after this, and with no developments to speak of, a Honda City Hybrid was spied by a reader in December 2014. The car, wearing trade plates, was seen driving on the road in Petaling Jaya.

We understand that while the City Hybrid may no longer be considered for our market, Honda Malaysia did at some point undertake feasibility studies for the model, but it appears that the idea has now been canned altogether.

To give you a bit of a recap as to what the car is, the Honda Grace, as it is known as in Japan, is a hybrid model that is identical in almost every way to the Honda City we know here – apart from its powertrain, of course.

The only noticeable exterior giveaways include a blue tinged chrome trim on the front grille and LED headlamps and tail lights – in Japan, the car also gets a small boot lid spoiler, but that isn’t apparent on the car spied above.

In the cabin, nearly every detail is shared with the Honda City, apart from the instrument cluster which is similar to that of the Jazz Hybrid’s single central speedometer with two colour display screens on each side.

Powering the City Hybrid is Honda’s Sport Hybrid i-DCD (Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive) one-motor hybrid system that also resides in the latest Jazz hybrid.


There’s a 110 PS/134 Nm 1.5 litre i-VTEC Atkinson cycle petrol engine and a 29.5 PS/160 Nm electric motor that powers the Grace. As the name suggests, Honda’s seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is present here.

In the front-wheel drive model, fuel consumption for the Honda Grace is rated at 34.4 km per litre based on Japan’s JC08 test cycle. On the four-wheel drive version of the car, it is rated for 29.4 km per litre. Honda claims that this is the most fuel-efficient hybrid sedan on sale in Japan.

Prices for the Honda Grace start from 1,750,000 yen (RM61,324) for the base two-wheel drive model, while the top-shelf four-wheel drive starts from 2,409,800 yen (RM74,721).