2023 Honda City facelift spied on test in Malaysia

2023 Honda City facelift spied on test in Malaysia

The 2023 Honda City facelift has been sighted running tests on Malaysian roads, photographed here courtesy of paultan.org reader Mayr Naru who sighted the revised B-segment sedan in the administrative capital of Putrajaya.

Honda’s facelifted City sedan made its official debut in India in March this year, though not before a selection of images were leaked the month before. Here, we have a sole image of the updated City showing its rear end, which is shown wearing camouflage foil.

The tail lamp clusters appear largely as they were on the pre-facelift, albeit with key changes visible, particularly at the lower edge of the rear bumper where the outlines of protrusions can be seen beneath the camouflage foil. Referring back to the official images of the City facelift from its India debut, these match the diffuser-like elements along the lower section.

Other exterior revisions to the City facelift include a slimmer chrome bar and new honeycomb grille on its front end, while the lower section of the front bumper gets redesigned to house new black trim between the fog lamps and the central lower intake. Meanwhile, the LED headlamps are unchanged.

2023 Honda City facelift

Available equipment in the facelifted City at its debut includes a seven-inch full-colour TFT instrument panel, and eight-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, six airbags, rain-sensing wipers, ambient lighting, a wireless charger, eight speakers, automatic air-conditioning with PM2.5 filter and rear vents, keyless entry and engine start, an electric sunroof, a manual rear windscreen sunshade and tyre pressure monitoring.

The range of powertrains for the City facelift at its India debut is comprised of the 1.5 litre i-VTEC naturally aspirated petrol engine producing 121 PS at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm.

This is joined by the 1.5 litre Atkinsion-cycle four-cylinder VTEC DOHC petrol engine producing 98 PS and 127 Nm for the City Hybrid, and serves as a generator via an electric motor for the hybrid drive battery, which powers another electric motor for propulsion; this is rated at 109 PS and 253 Nm.

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  • C’mon Honda Malaysia. 360-degree camera and BSM, and you’ll be golden for years. One can hope…

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    • Civic Turbo 2018 on May 15, 2023 at 9:24 pm

      Stronger engine, Bigger interior
      Foldable rear seat, Better RV
      ‘Alza-Sedan’ (Vios) can’t win

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  • Curious on May 15, 2023 at 5:34 pm

    Need to b in the race bcos Almera also getting face lift n Vios new model.Proton preve replacement stil wait n c attitude.

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  • With the same looks like Indian launched facelift version, will looks nicer
    If come with Thailand 1.0Turbo will be better to match Almera Turbo too.

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  • The Anwar Madani Revolution on May 15, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    This facelift doesnt seem to excite at all.
    It is so predictable.If Honda is not careful,lots of its would be buyers r migrating to mini suvs that offer more up to date stuff,more syiok in design.

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  • Ground europe passenger on May 16, 2023 at 10:20 am

    Still king of b segment at the moment, hopefully E spec price can be keep below 85k.

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  • Usually how long it will be available in market after sighted locally?

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  • Kok&Tiew Used Car Jinjang Utara on May 16, 2023 at 11:28 pm

    Face lift mean slow sales. I tell you my used car sell car face lift also no use. Old model face lift 10 times also still same generation. Wait for new model better.

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    • Crook (Level 1) on May 17, 2023 at 3:40 pm

      Facelift is to keep the model competitive offering new features or designs to compete with current model. It doesn’t matter sell well or not. Myvi selling like hot cakes but they still do facelift? Think a bit la. You compare with your 1980 Used Car to facelift is it?

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  • ROTI CANAI on May 18, 2023 at 10:15 am

    whats the use? lanewatch confirm

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