Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) recently created a virtual Facebook event about its upcoming two-car virtual launch, and it basically confirms our original hunch. The 2021 Honda City and CR-V will officially be launched on October 22, 2020.
The teaser photo showcases a text that says “Drive The Dream,” and behind that text are the fascias of the all-new 2021 Honda City and facelifted 2021 CR-V. The virtual launch will happen on both HCPI’s Facebook and YouTube accounts on October 22, 6 pm, which is next Thursday already.
As a recap, the 2021 Honda City is all-new for this year. The all-new City shares the same platform as the all-new Jazz, but unlike past models, the City takes on a radically-different path compared to its hatch sibling. Whereas the Honda Jazz features a controversial “cutesy” design, the City looks more assertive.
The outgoing model of the City is powered by a 1.5-liter inline-4 naturally aspirated i-VTEC gasoline engine that produces 120 hp and 148 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, in Thailand, the all-new City features an all-new 1.0-liter turbocharged VTEC Turbo inline-3 gasoline engine that produces 122 hp and 173 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a CVT. We are still unsure which powertrain we’ll be getting for our market.
Meanwhile, the 2021 CR-V is basically a facelift of the current generation model. First making its debut in North America, the new CR-V gets a redesigned front bumper, new alloy wheels, and a new rear bumper. As for the interior, it remains largely the same, though overseas models get a new wireless charging pad and a redesigned center console storage area.
The current CR-V is powered by either a 2.0-liter i-VTEC inline-4 naturally aspirated gasoline engine that produces 154 hp and 189 Nm of torque, or a 1.6-liter i-DTEC inline-4 turbocharged diesel engine that produces 120 hp and 300 Nm of torque. The gas engine uses a CVT, while the diesel uses a 9-speed automatic. Just like the City, powertrain details are still scarce at this point.
We won’t have to wait any longer until we see these new vehicles from Honda. The launch of the all-new City and facelifted CR-V are also part of the Japanese automaker’s 30th anniversary celebrations this month.