The fifth-generation Honda City has just been unveiled today, and it’s cars like these that generate a tonne of chatter. We’ve heard your thoughts and opinions on the design of the B-segment sedan, and some of you even questioned the move to downsize to a 1.0 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine, which of course is one of its biggest highlights.

The 998 cc DOHC engine features a modest 10:1 compression ratio and direct injection technology. Output is 122 PS at 5,500 rpm and 173 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm – boost comes courtesy of a BorgWarner single-scroll turbocharger. There is also dual Variable Valve Timing Control (VTC) and Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC).

For now, the 1.0L engine is the sole unit offered in Thailand, and it’s exclusively paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with seven virtual speeds. The rated fuel economy is impressive, at 23.8 km/l. There’s no manual gearboxes this time, guys, or at least not with the new engine.

In terms of dimensions, the new City is 113 mm longer (4,553 mm), 53 mm wider (1,748 mm), 10 mm less in height (1,467 mm), and loses 11 mm in the wheelbase compared to its predecessor (2,589 mm). However, Honda claims that NVH has improved – some panels are lined with polyurethane spray foam insulator, and the engine insulating sheet is thicker for better NVH.

Safety kit includes six airbags, hill start assist, a rear view camera and Isofix child seat anchors on the outer rear seats. In Thailand, the new City range starts from 579,500 baht (RM80,035) for the base S grade, and goes up to 609,000 baht (RM84,107) for the V. Meanwhile, the SV goes for 665,000 baht (RM91,848), while the range-topping RS is priced at 739,000 baht (RM102,061).