FIRST LOOK: 2020 Honda City RS 1.0L VTEC Turbo

The all-new Honda City recently made its official launch debut at the Thailand Motor Expo, and is available in four variants – S, V, SV and RS – in the Kingdom. The B-segment sedan has been significantly redesigned inside and out, but the biggest change lies under the bonnet, as it is now powered by a 1.0 litre (998 cc) turbocharged three-cylinder engine.

Said mill is a VTEC Turbo unit that provides 122 PS at 5,500 rpm and 173 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm, with drive going to the front wheels via a CVT with seven virtual speeds. This is the only powertrain offering for the Thailand market, and ensures the City meets Thailand’s Phase 2 Eco Car regulations, which is stricter in terms of fuel economy and emissions.

In terms of dimensions, the new City is 113 mm longer (4,553 mm) and 53 mm wider (1,748 mm) than its predecessor, but with a 10 mm decrease in height (1,467 mm) and a wheelbase that is 11 mm shorter (2,589 mm).

The new exterior design is also “softer” and less aggressive than its predecessor, while the interior shares some cues from the latest Jazz. A first with the fifth-generation model is the choice of an RS variant, which is the range-topping option in Thailand, priced from 739,000 baht or RM102,061. Standard equipment includes automatic air-conditioning, an eight-inch infotainment system, multi-angle review camera, suede/fabric/leather upholstery, LED headlamps, and more.

This variant is what we’re focusing on in this walk-around video, with our own Jonathan Lee on hand to take you on a tour of the sedan. So, enjoy the video and let us know what you think of the newest iteration of the City in the comments below.

2020 Honda City Turbo RS (Thailand-spec)

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.

 

Comments

  • toyotafan on Dec 02, 2019 at 9:58 am

    1st question.

    With experiences in using this engine in other markets for the past 2 years,

    “What, if any, did Honda to to address the oil dilution”.

    Thank you.

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    • Lawson on Dec 02, 2019 at 5:06 pm

      dilution problem only happen in winter condition like in Northern USA or Northern China.

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  • anonimus on Dec 02, 2019 at 10:25 am

    how many articles do you need to post on the city turbo?

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  • msia driver on Dec 02, 2019 at 10:30 am

    city start from rm100k
    civic start from rm150k
    accord start from rm200k

    mission accomplished ,well done

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  • Putu piring on Dec 02, 2019 at 10:50 am

    I hope our brother john does not come here and claim that Saga and Persona are better than this game changer. Those 2 sedans are game over cars, some more cannot even compete with local rivals such as Axia and Bezza

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    • Real LLort on Dec 02, 2019 at 4:22 pm

      strange.. I own a Bezza and I don’t feel like a game-changer.. It’s just a very… basic… car…

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    • Logical Deduction on Dec 02, 2019 at 4:57 pm

      Sales figure meant everything, isn’t that what you said?
      And Persona FL outsold City during the same period. So in your words, Persona FL have gameover’d City. That is what you are implying isn’t that right?

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  • Lawson on Dec 02, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    This new City with 1.0 turbo need to come into Malaysia as soon as possible. Its a C size car at if not more than RM95,000 it will be a market leader.

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  • granny on Dec 02, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    meanwhile – Malaysia 2019 RM80k E spec Honda city 175/R15 tyre is too skinny, 4airbags, dont have 360cameras, no LED tail light, overpriced.

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  • If they any manual turbo?

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  • Edwin L on Dec 02, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    No spoiler 3rd brake light?
    No touch panel AC?
    No rear AC?
    No dark interior trim?
    No Honda Sense?

    What is to justify the topkek pricing?

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  • Ade turbo Manual ke?

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  • pakchu on Dec 02, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    takde feel RS pun, macam full spec biasa je

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    • Peter on Dec 04, 2019 at 5:17 am

      We’d feedback to Honda (M):
      Simply add ‘RS’ wordings on the car doesn’t make a feel like (paying for) RS variant.

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  • Ethan on Dec 03, 2019 at 1:33 am

    It’s direct injection, isn’t it? Concerned about carbon deposits

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  • Iskandar on Dec 04, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Look like a saga

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  • Peter on Dec 04, 2019 at 5:17 am

    We’d feedback to Honda (M):
    Simply add ‘RS’ wordings on the car doesn’t make a feel like (paying for) RS variant.

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  • Before that on Dec 07, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    (Like) Toyota Vios
    (Dislike) Honda City

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  • jossh shingam on Dec 08, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Honda city simply over priced.

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  • 1 Honda city, look thousand time, and still call first look.

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  • Not that cheap for a car with 3-cylinder 1.0l engine.. Those ECO things just a cover-up

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  • Kumar on Dec 21, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Is this honda city 2020 coming to malaysia ??…

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  • Zamani Salleh on Feb 04, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    It looks very much like 2019 Fiat Tipo.

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