Honda Grace

Honda Malaysia has already confirmed that there were no plans to introduce the City Hybrid in Malaysia – which makes this sighting of a Japanese-market Honda Grace Hybrid on our roads by reader PingShien Chuah all the more curious.

This particular car was spotted with its usual JDM emissions stickers and Grace Hybrid badging, and has already been registered. This differs from the one time we saw an evaluation mule for the City Hybrid’s then-incoming introduction into the local market – that one only had a City badge and a trade plate.

Question is, is this a long term feasibility study by Honda Malaysia? Although the window for the special duty exemptions for hybrids and EVs have been closed, the City Hybrid could still find a way into the market thanks to specialised incentives as part of the government’s Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) initiative.

On the other hand, this might simply be a grey market import, brought in by either an enterprising dealer or a single owner with an AP. Either way, power comes from a Sport Hybrid i-DCD (Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive) system, consisting of a 110 PS/134 Nm 1.5 litre i-VTEC Atkinson cycle engine, a 29.5 PS/160 Nm electric motor and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

GALLERY: Honda Grace Hybrid