Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd. has just unveiled the all-new, fifth-generation City subcompact sedan in Thailand, bringing with it a completely new design from the ground-up, a more powerful yet fuel-efficient turbo engine, as well as better technology. With more than 4 million units sold since its inception, the Honda City is a very important car for Honda, especially in the Asia Pacific region, which accounts for 70% of global City sales.
Unlike past generations, the design of the Honda City strays very far from its hatchback sibling, the Jazz. For this new generation model, Honda’s designers have taken the evolutionary approach. It still has a familiar look–one that is immediately recognizable as a Honda City, albeit with more modernity and sportiness. Starting with the City’s front, its fascia is characterized by a new Solid Wing Face grille flanked by slim headlights with LED daytime running lights while the side profile has a cleaner, more conventional and upright profile than its predecessor. At the rear, the City gets new, sleeker LED taillights and a sportier rear bumper. For the first time ever, the Honda City gets an RS variant that gives it a more aggressive look through the use of a more aggressive front bumper, rear bumper, and alloy wheels. It also comes with full LED headlights and LED foglights.
Whereas the Honda Jazz aimed for a lounge-like interior featuring various color combinations, the all-new City was given a more conventional layout with an all-black theme. Interior quality has been improved through the use of soft-touch plastics and plusher materials whilst improving general fit and finish. The City is already known for its class-leading interior space, and this all-new model is no exception. Incrementally bigger exterior dimensions translate to improvements in space while the predominantly horizontal dashboard layout further emphasizes this aspect. Making its debut in the Honda City is a new Honda Connect infotainment system, which is controlled via the 7-inch touch screen. For the first time ever, it features a smartphone companion app that lets drivers control certain aspects of the City. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come as standard.
The biggest change to the City is its all-new powertrain. Honda has retired the City’s 1.5-liter inline-4 naturally aspirated petrol engine in favor of a smaller, turbocharged unit. Specifically, it is a 1.0-liter inline-3 turbocharged and direct-injected petrol engine, producing 122 hp and 173 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a CVT. Despite being more powerful than its predecessor, Honda claims a 33 percent improvement in fuel economy.
As for safety, the all-new City gets ABS with EBD, electronic stability control, six airbags, hill start assist, emergency stop signal, and a reverse camera.
The all-new Honda City is now available for preorder in Thailand while customer deliveries will begin on January 31, 2020.