Another hotly anticipated vehicle in the Philippine market, the all-new Honda City has been launched, raising the bar when it comes to people’s expectations in a subcompact sedan.
Subcompact probably isn’t the correct term for the new City. With a wheelbase that is stretched by 100mm, legroom is the one of the City’s best features, comparable to the new Toyota Corolla’s, which is also 100mm longer than its predecessor. Dimensions aside, the Honda City introduces the brand’s new EXCITING H!!! design language, with the three exclamation points representing the design’s pillars, with each one meaning “High Tech (innovative spirit), High Tension (pursuit of a beautiful body structure and layout) and High touch (finely-honed surfacing and texture), that focus on overall pleasing human experience”.
On the inside, the City VX and VX+ also raised the bar substantially in cabin tech. Honda’s new capacitive touch screen based Display Audio is the central multimedia command center of the vehicle, and with it, is also another capacitive touch panel based automatic climate control sytem. This gives the new City a first in it’s segment button-free dashboard layout. The cabin tech does not finish there, as the new Honda City is also the first in the segment to include and HDMI port, in order for smartphones to mirror the screen onto the Display Audio’s touchscreen. To top it all off, power ports, including 2 in the rear, ensure everyone inside is always sure to have a charging port.
The Honda City VX also raises the bar in safety. Honda’s Multi-Angle Rear View Camera, which was first introduced in the Accord, has trickled all the way down to the new City VX and VX+, with the VX+ gaining moving guidelines, which change trajectory depending on steering angle. Also exclusive to the VX+ is a class-leading 7 airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist and Hill Start Assist, further enhancing the safety of the all-new City.
Honda has decided to ditch the 1.3 liter i-VTEC engine, in favor of a lineup that is only powered by one engine choice, the 1.5 liter i-VTEC, producing 120 hp and 145 Nm of torque. There are two transmission choices. A 5-Speed Manual, or a new Earth Dreams CVT transmission with torque converter. Honda’s color changing instrument cluster called the Eco Coaching Ambient Meter dictates whether you are driving in an efficient or sporty manner. Honda’s ECON mode, meanwhile, ensures that the all-new Honda City is consuming less fuel when activated.
The vast majority of the new features mentioned above are for the VX and VX+, with the VX+ concentrating more on safety, and the addition of an 8-speaker sound system. All-in-all, there are 6 variants to choose from. Here are the prices of the all-new Honda City.
E MT: P756,000
E CVT: P796,000
E CVT Modulo Utility: P821,000
VX CVT: P880,000
VX CVT Modulo Aero Sports: P935,000
VX+ CVT: P970,000