It looks very much like the next big launch by Honda Malaysia will be for the new Honda City Hybrid. It will be the first time the City sedan gets a hybrid variant in Malaysia, and it comes after the introduction of the latest Jazz Hybrid last month. These images are of an official Honda Malaysia brochure promoting both the City Hybrid and its hatchback sister.

UPDATE: The Honda City Hybrid has been officially launched in Malaysia.

It looks like the Honda City Hybrid – known as the Grace Hybrid in Japan, where the facelifted model was launched earlier this month – will share the same hybrid powertrain as the Jazz Hybrid. That means a Sport Hybrid i-DCD system that combines a 1.5 litre engine with idle stop, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with an integrated electric motor, a lithium-ion hybrid battery and an electric driven compressor.

The engine used here isn’t the one found in the regular City, but a unique Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC unit with 110 PS and 134 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. Combined with a 30 PS (22 kW)/160 Nm electric motor, the system produces a combined 137 PS and 170 Nm of torque, as per the Jazz Hybrid.

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Honda claims that the Sport Hybrid i-DCD (Intelligent Dual-Clutch Drive) system delivers performance equal to that of a conventional 1.8 litre naturally-aspirated engine (the Civic 1.8 makes just 4 PS/4 Nm more), with much lower fuel consumption. The claimed official figures are 4.0 litres per 100 km for the Jazz Hybrid and 3.9 litres per 100 km for the City Hybrid.

For an in-depth look at the Sport Hybrid i-DCD system, and how it differs from Honda’s previous Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system, click here.

The City’s sedan body with a 536-litre boot aside (no reduced capacity for the hybrid), technical differences from the Jazz Hybrid include 16-inch wheels with 185/55 tyres (175/65 R15 on the Jazz) and a larger turning radius of 5.7 metres (versus 5.26m).

On the equipment front, the City Hybrid will have slightly more kit than the Jazz Hybrid, which it is expected to top in price, like the entire range itself.

The sedan gets a shark fin antenna, chrome door handles, auto folding wing mirrors, rear air con vents, steering paddle shifters and a rear armrest with cupholders. All the above are not offered with the Jazz Hybrid, as are remote trunk release and rear USB ports.

Like the Jazz Hybrid, the City Hybrid won’t be the range-topping variant, but it will be specced close to the City E. It lacks the City V’s LED headlamps and foglamps, leather seats/steering/gear knob and curtain airbags. Should it follow the Jazz’s price structure, the City Hybrid is set to be priced between the City E’s RM84,600 and the City V’s RM92,000, with the figure nearer to the V. Like what you see?


GALLERY: JDM Honda Grace Hybrid