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2020 Honda Civic Type R facelift makes its US debut


After making its debut at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon, the facelifted Honda Civic Type R has now arrived in the United States for the 2020 model year. Set to go on sale in the winter, the refreshed hot hatch gets a number of improvements to its powertrain, styling, handling as well as a new Boost Blue colour.

The subtle exterior changes are as what we’ve seen before, with small body-coloured fins added onto the large fake air intakes and vents on the front and rear bumpers. The grille has also been redesigned to promote better cooling of the 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder VTEC engine, which still puts out 306 hp and 400 Nm of torque.

As before, the engine is paired with a six-speed manual that sends drive to the front wheels, while three driving modes – Comfort, Sport and +R – vary suspension firmness, steering and throttle response. New for the 2020 model year is an Active Sound Control function, which modifies the interior sound generated by the speakers according to the chosen drive mode.

Other driving-related upgrades include updated dampers for improved ride comfort, stiffer rear bushings for better grip, as well as revisions to the front suspension and steering for better steering feel. There are also new two-piece brake rotors and brake pads that are designed to reduce fade and improve high-speed braking efficiency.

Moving inside, the facelift sees the fitment of a new Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, along with a new shifter that features a restyled knob and shorter shift throws. Every 2020 Civic Type R in the United States will come with the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, making the system standard equipment on all Civic models (including the sedan, coupe and hatchback) and trims in the country.

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2020 Honda City recalled in Thailand, deliveries halted


The fifth-generation Honda City was launched in Thailand in late November last year, and barely two months since its debut, the B-segment sedan is now being recalled in the Kingdom.

According to a report by IndianAutosBlog, the issue involves a fault with the car’s window run channel, which is a rubber strip that runs around the windows of the car. The issue has since prompted the company to ask its Thai dealers to halt deliveries of the City and even call back units which have been delivered while it investigates the matter.

In Thailand, the City is produced at Honda’s assembly plant in Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya, with the issue said to affect only the first batch of cars coming from there. For now, there’s no timeline shared by Honda for fixing the problem.

The Thailand-spec City is priced from 579,500 baht (RM77,534), with four variants – S, V, SV and RS – offered to customers there. All versions feature a 1.0 litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine that serves up 122 PS and 173 Nm of torque, which is paired to a CVT that drives the front wheels.

Underneath the entirely new bodywork, the sedan shares the same platform with the fourth-generation Jazz, and has revised dimensions. The new car is 113 mm longer (4,553 mm), 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).

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TAS 2020: Honda Civic Cyber Night Japan Cruiser – Modulo reimagines the EK9 Civic Type R for 2020


We showed you the beautiful Honda S2000 20th Anniversary Prototype from the Honda Access (Modulo) 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon booth earlier, and here’s the other half of the pie called nostalgia. This is an EK9 Honda Civic Type R, but unlike the S2K, it’s no restomod.

Instead, this concept car – officially called the Civic Cyber Night Japan Cruiser 2020 – is a 1997 hot hatchback reimagined for 2020. No details, so all the below are our observations. Familiar EK hatch shape aside, the overall feel here is rather “cyber” all right, perhaps due to the colour scheme and LED lighting.

While still unmistakably EK, the face of the CNJ actually sports a new bumper with reshaped grille and lower vents – for the latter, the side ones are sharper and bolder than the original Type R’s, and there’s some gloss black trim for contrast. Most of the organic-shaped headlamps have been shaded away by body colour, but there’s an LED outline.

At the side, two strips of gloss black run the length of the wheelbase, and slim/sharp wing mirrors have replaced the original items. Those 17-inch wheels are taken from the current Honda Insight – here, the blade-style rims are painted all black save for “STI pink” Civic logos.

The rear end sees the most change. Like the headlamps, the tail lamps have been blanked out, save for a red LED outline. The EK9 had its number plate recess on the tailgate, but this has been moved to the bumper. Instead, a black strip runs through the full width of the rear, cutting into the lights even. This bar has an illuminated Civic logo. The exhaust tips have been rerouted to the far edges of the bumper.

Funnily, the Civic logo on the hatch is different from the one on the wheels and headlamps, which are funky and “cyber”, perhaps. Inside, the 90s-style dashboard of the EK has been made modern by touch panel AC controls and an ana-digi instrument cluster taken from the S660. Three pedals, a gear stick and classic Recaros are welcome throwbacks.

The EK9 was the first Civic to get the Type R badge in 1997. The Japan-only model’s B16B 1.6 litre VTEC engine made 185 PS and 160 Nm. The stripped and strengthened hatch had red Recaros and a three-spoke Momo steering wheel in its spartan cabin. It was first and last Civic Type R hatchback to be made in Japan – EP3 onwards, all came from the UK.

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TAS 2020: Honda S2000 20th Anniversary Prototype


At the Honda Access (a.k.a. Modulo) 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon booth was nostalgia. That was because two of the brand’s most loved models were at the stand, looking factory fresh.

We’re talking about the Honda S2000 roadster and the EK9 Civic Type R. Rose tinted glasses perhaps, but both look like they will succeed in showrooms today. OK, maybe not. But can, right?

Anyway, the S2000 20th Anniversary Prototype, as it’s called, is a beautiful lightly altered AP1 S2000 from the end of the last millennium, the end of the 1990s, which was the golden era of Japanese sports cars. Under the hood is the F20C 2.0 litre VTEC four-cylinder engine, which is famous for revving till 9,000 rpm in stock form.

Also famous was the NA engine’s specific output, which was the highest ever seen in a normally aspirated production car engine. It was 240 PS for the rest of the world, but this JDM car had 250 PS and 218 Nm of torque. Mated to the VTEC screamer is a six-speed manual gearbox. We tried the shifter for a bit yesterday and it was so sweet.

Without a stock AP1 alongside it, the 20th Anniversary looks standard, that’s how clean the design is. There’s actually a more protruding bumper with a more prominent mouth and some sculpture on the sides. This is supposed to improve aerodynamics, but it looks nice and clean – more aggressive than stock but not too much.

No wild bodykit for the Grand Prix White roadster, which wears original side skirts and a ducktail spoiler in gloss black. Black is also on the window outlines, wing mirror caps and multi-spoke 17-inch Advan RZ2 wheels.

The gorgeous restomod also sports a pair of red bucket seats, revised suspension and a new lid for the head unit with cassette player (remember those things?). The normal lid has the S2000 logo, but a 20th anniversary emblem is added here. That special silhouette also appears on the wind deflector.

The S2000 went on as the AP2 “facelift” with an available 2.2 litre engine (242 PS, 221 Nm) in 2004. Production ended in 2009 and Honda would not have another roadster in its range until the S660 kei car debut in 2015. There have been been rumours of a S2000 revival, but nothing came out of those.

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TAS 2020: FK8 Honda Civic Type R facelift official details released – better aero, dynamics and safety


The 2020 Honda Civic Type R facelift made its world debut today at the Tokyo Auto Salon. The refreshed FK8 was unaccompanied by any details in Makuhari Messe, but we now have an official news release from Honda in the US to shed some light on the revised mega hatch.

There’s mildly revised styling, improved aerodynamics and the addition of standard Honda Sensing safety and driver-assistive technology.

The 2.0 litre VTEC Turbo engine is carried over. In the US, Honda quotes 306 hp, but the K20C is rated at 320 PS elsewhere (310 PS for our market) at 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. Power goes to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox and limited-slip differential. As before, drivers can choose between three drive modes – Comfort, Sport and +R – that vary suspension firmness, steering and throttle response.

New for the minor change is Active Sound Control, which modifies interior sound in concert with the chosen drive mode. Also fresh are two-piece brake rotors and new brake pads designed to reduce fade and improve high-speed braking efficiency. Suspension revisions include updated dampers for better ride comfort, stiffer rear bushings for better grip, and mods to the front suspension to reduce friction and improve steering feel.

Exterior enhancements are fairly minor on the outside, mirroring those found on the regular Civic Hatchback facelift. There’s a larger front grille opening for improved engine cooling, small body-coloured fins on the large faux air intakes (the easiest to spot) and vents on the front and rear bumpers. There’s also a new Type R-exclusive colour – Boost Blue.

Inside, FK8 owners will enjoy a new Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel and a new shifter with a restyled knob and shorter shift throws. There’s also the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, marking the first time that Sensing will be available as standard equipment on all US Civic models and trims.

The car will go on sale in Japan in June, and the US later this year.

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QUICK LOOK: 2020 Honda Accord 1.5L VTEC Turbo and 2.0L i-MMD Sport Hybrid in Thailand – fr RM216k

The 10th-generation Honda Accord, which was just launched in Australia last week, has actually been on sale in Thailand since May this year. The D-segment sedan features an all-new design, and along with it are new powertrains as well.

Let’s start with the 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo engine. This four-cylinder mill puts out 188 hp at 5,500 rpm and 260 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm, and is paired with a CVT which drives the front wheels. The average fuel consumption is rated at 6.5 litres per 100 km, with C02 emissions rated at 149 grams per km.

More interestingly is the new, third-generation hybrid powertrain developed by Honda, called the Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD). This is a two-motor hybrid system that assist the 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, which altogether make a combined system output of 212 hp from 5,000 rpm to 6,000 rpm and 315 Nm of torque from zero to 2,000 rpm. The combined fuel economy is 4.3 l/100 km, and CO2 emissions is 98 g/km.

Safety-wise, the Thai-spec Accord gets six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, a tyre pressure monitoring system and Honda’s LaneWatch camera as standard. Hybrid models get the full Honda Sensing safety features, such as Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Warning (RDW) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Auto High Beam (AHB), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF), and Smart Parking Assist.

GALLERY: 2019 Honda Accord Turbo EL

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Honda Vezel/HR-V gets new Modulo X variant in Japan


Honda Japan has launched a new Modulo X variant for the Vezel, which is better known to us as the HR-V. Available in Touring and Hybrid trims, with the latter offered with front- or all-wheel drive, the new offering is priced from 3,528,800 yen (RM134,465) to 3,617,900 yen (RM137,860).

The Touring trim features a 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo four-cylinder engine with 172 PS at 5,500 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm, which is mated to a CVT driving the front wheels. Meanwhile, the Hybrid uses Sport Hybrid i-DCD system that consists of an Atkinson-cycle 1.5 litre i-VTEC engine (132 PS and 156 Nm), electric motor (22 PS and 160 Nm) and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox).

On the exterior, the Modulo X versions sport a dedicated front grille, aero bumpers, bumper garnishes, LED fog lamps, dual exhausts and Modulo X badging. Depending on the chosen drivetrain, front-wheel drive cars get 18-inch aluminium wheels, while smaller, 17-inch units are fitted to those with all-wheel drive. The Modulo X Vezel cars also get a different springs and dampers for the suspension.

Moving inside the black-themed cabin, the seats are upholstered Ultrasuede, with the side bolsters done up in leather. There are also sports seats with a heating function fitted to the front, with Modulo X-badged floor mats also part of the package. Another standard feature is the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistance systems.

Customers there will get to choose from four exterior colours, including Premium Crystal Blue Metallic, Premium Crystal Red Metallic, Platinum White Pearl and Crystal Black Pearl. The first two options come at a 60,500 yen premium (RM2,306), while Platinum White Pearl is an additional 38,500 yen (RM1,467).

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2019 Honda Accord launched in Australia – 1.5L VTEC Turbo, 2.0L i-MMD hybrid; one trim level; from RM136k


The tenth-generation Honda Accord has now gone on sale in Australia, where it is offered in just one VTi-LX trim level, but with a choice of two powertrains. Prices start from AU$47,990 (RM135,697) for the 1.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the hybrid option goes for AU$50,490 (RM142,774). Compared to the Accord sold in Thailand, which also gets the same powertrain options, Australians pay less for the latest Accord, as prices start from 1,475,000 baht (RM203,658) in the Kingdom.

The smaller VTEC Turbo mill puts out 188 hp at 5,500 rpm and 260 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm, and is paired with a CVT driving the front wheels. This configuration returns a combined fuel consumption of 6.5 litres per 100 km, with C02 emissions rated at 149 grams per km.

Meanwhile, the hybrid powertrain is Honda’s third-generation Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) two-motor hybrid system that consists of a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine, an e-CVT and two electric motors for a total system output of 212 hp from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 315 Nm of torque from zero to 2,000 rpm. Combined fuel economy with this setup is 4.3 l/100 km, and CO2 emissions is 98 g/km.

When cruising at mid- or high-speeds a lock-up clutch is engaged to connect the engine to the e-motors to transmit engine torque directly to the drive wheels. When running on electricity alone, the, a clutch disengages the engine from the drivetrain to eliminate efficiency loss from mechanical friction in the engine.

In terms of standard equipment, the VTi-LX trim comes with LED headlamps , fog lamps, taillights and daytime running lights, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, an electric sunroof, Eco Assist and Econ mode, black leather upholstery, powered front seats (eight-way driver, four-way passenger), Active Noise Control, a Qi-standard wireless charger, as well as an eight-inch Advanced Display Audio touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.

Other items include 18-inch alloy wheels, a multi-info instrument cluster display with dedicated displays for the hybrid model, a head-up display, front and rear parking sensors, remote engine start, keyless entry and start, and a 452-watt premium sound system with 10 speakers.

The packaged safety and driver assistance systems is also rather comprehensive, with six airbags (front, side and curtain), Vehicle Stability Assist, traction control, EBD, ABS, BA, a tyre pressure monitoring system, rear cross traffic monitoring, LaneWatch, Active Cornering Lights and Smart Parking Assist with Rear Collision Mitigation Braking System.

The Accord also comes with the Honda Sensing suite, which features Forward Collision Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, and High Beam Support System.

Customers there will get to choose from five exterior paint finishes, including Platinum White, Lunar Silver, Modern Steel, Crystal Black and Passion Red, although the last option is reserved for the hybrid model.

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GALLERY: 2020 Honda City on display at Thailand Motor Expo – 1.0L turbo engine with 122 PS, 173 Nm


The fifth-generation Honda City recently made its world debut in Thailand, and is currently on display at the ongoing Thailand Motor Expo. Thankfully, we’re on hand to capture live photos of the new B-segment sedan, which competes against the Mazda 2 Sedan as well as the Toyota Vios and Nissan Almera. We also posted a brief comparison between the four cars, which you can check out.

As you can see, the City sports a completely redesigned exterior, with a front end that features the company’s signature Solid Wing face. There’s clear influence from the larger Civic here, as evident by the “jewel eye” headlamps (with LED daytime running lights) flanking a black bar on the grille. This look is reserved for the range-topping RS variant, which is one of four offered in Thailand.

Other variants in the line-up – namely the SV, V and base S – feature a chrome bar instead, along with projector-type headlamps. To distinct itself as the sportiest variant, the RS also gets a more aggressive lower apron with prominent corner “inlets,” black side mirrors and larger 16-inch wheels (with 185/55 series tyres), while other variants have 15-inch units (with 185/60 series tyres) instead.

The overall profile of the City hasn’t been altered too heavily from its predecessor, but there are some changes to the bodywork. Where the previous, GM6-generation car had a swooping character line that runs beneath the door handles, the new car sees the line being repositioned above the door handles, and extended to meet the front and rear light clusters.

Moving to the rear, the slimmer, two-piece LED taillights are reminiscent of those on the Insight, and they feature a light signature that appears to be an extended version of those on the current BMW 3 Series. The clusters themselves wraparound the corners of the car’s body, and meet at the number plate holder, similar to before. Meanwhile, the rear bumper mimics the one at the front, as there are decorative “outlets” at the corners, highlights by creases trailing from the rear wheels.

With the redesign comes new dimensions as well, with the new City being 113 mm longer (4,553 mm), 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).

For more figures, the front track spans 1,497 mm and 1,483 mm at the rear, while the ground clearance is measured at 135 mm. Depending on the variant, the weight varies from 1,150 kg to 1,154 kg and 1,165 kg. The fuel tank capacity is unchanged from before at 40 litres.

The suspension setup remains the same as before, with MacPherson struts being used at the front, while a torsion beam is found in the rear axle. The same applies to the brake system, with ventilated discs up front, while drums are used for the rear.

With live photos of the City, we also get a much better look at the finer details of the interior, which gets an entirely new dashboard layout. Hints of the new Jazz are obvious here, with an off-centred main display for the car’s infotainment system, vertical-style air vents and switchgear for the automatic air-conditioning system.

The new cabin design is a lot more streamlined and less “busy” compared to the GM6, and it is complemented by a redesigned steering wheel that has a smaller centre boss and conventional-looking on-wheel controls in place of roundels seen in the outgoing model.

On the centre console, the positioning of the cupholders, cubby spaces, gear lever and handbrake are similar as before, although there are now additional buttons beside the gear lever for enabling or disabling the car’s Econ mode and engine idling function.

Despite the shorter wheelbase, Honda says there’s actually more leg room and knee clearance, as the the front seat backs have been reprofiled, are 60 mm narrower, and have 15 mm lower headrests. The front seat rails are also spaced 25 mm further apart than before to provide more space for rear passengers’ feet. For better NVH, polyurethane spray foam insulation and a thicker engine under cover insulator have been applied as well.

Aside from the new styling, the biggest change that comes with the new City is the use of a turbocharged petrol engine, with the P10A2 powerplant having a displacement of 1.0 litre (998 cc). In terms of output, the direct-injected, three-cylinder DOHC mill puts out 122 PS at 5,500 rpm and 173 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm. Drive is directed to the front wheels via a CVT with seven virtual speeds, and it is the only transmission option available in Thailand.

With a rated fuel consumption of 23.8 km/l, the City meets Thailand’s Phase 2 Eco Car framework, which is stricter in terms of fuel economy and emissions. Among the conditions are Euro 5 compliance, CO2 emissions below 100 g/km, and a fuel consumption not exceeding 4.3 litres per 100 km (23.25 km/l). The City has a rated fuel consumption of 23.8 km/l, so it meets said requirements.

Other aspects of the Phase 2 Eco Car regulation include the fitment of various safety systems such as ABS, EBD, BA and VSA as standard across the range, which are present in all four available variants of the City.

Equipment-wise, the base S variant (priced from 579,500 baht or RM80,035) gets black fabric seats, manual air-conditioning, a multi-info instrument cluster display, an Econ mode, keyless entry and start, a Display Audio head unit, four speakers, four airbags (front and side), the aforementioned safety systems and hill start assist.

Moving up to the V (priced from 609,000 baht or RM84,107), which in these photos, is dressed up with a range of Modulo accessories (we’ll get to that later), adds on automatic air-conditioning, chrome inner door handles, white illumination for the multi-info display, a centre console storage box and the Honda Smart Key (with remote engine start).

Next up in the range is the SV (priced from 665,000 baht or RM91,848), which gets a two-tone interior scheme, leather upholstery, piano black dash trim, an eight-inch Advanced Touch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, two USB ports instead of one, and a multi-angle rearview camera.

The range-topping RS (priced from 739,000 baht or RM102,061). gets the most goodies, with a gloss black trunk spoiler, LED fog lamps, suede/fabric/leather upholstery with red stitching, paddle shifters, cruise control, red illumination for the multi-info display, two power sockets for rear passengers, a rear arm rest, eight speakers, Honda Connect telemetry service, plus two more airbags (curtain).

As for the Modulo accessories, they include a body kit that consists of a pair of spoilers on the front and rear bumpers, as well as side skirts. The kit is offered under the Modulo Aero Package and Aero RS Package, with the Aero Sport Package adding on a rear spoiler. Other options are LED fog lights at 5,500 baht, 15-inch turbine-style alloy wheels, alloy pedals, illuminated side sill plates and a dash cam.

It isn’t far-fetched to say that the new City will make its way to Malaysia, given the popularity of the model in our country, but it remains to be seen what specifications we will get. For now, enjoy these photos and let us know what you think of the City in the comments below.


2020 Honda City Turbo RS (Thailand-spec)

2020 Honda City Turbo SV (Thailand-spec)

2020 Honda City Turbo V with Modulo accessories (Thailand-spec)

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2020 Honda City debuts in Thailand – new fifth-gen model gets a 1.0L turbo engine with 122 PS, 173 Nm


The Honda City is one of the most important models for the Japanese carmaker, and we’re finally being introduced to the fifth generation of the B-segment sedan (disregarding the first two generations that were hatchbacks), which makes its global debut in Thailand.

Styling-wise, the latest City wears a softer and more rounded look compared to the outgoing fourth-generation model. The front end continues to feature Honda’s Solid Wing face, with influence from the larger Civic, most notably by the “jewel eye” headlamps and large chrome bar linking them.

Viewed from the side, the sedan doesn’t deviate too far from its predecessor, although the distinct character line now originates from the top of the headlamps, and progresses above the door handles rather than below them. You’ll also spot the repositioning of the side mirrors to the doors from the A-pillars for better visibility.

Further down in the lower apron, we find large corner “inlets” on the corners of the bumper, while the lower intake is largely blacked out, with only a body-coloured strip at the base to highlight it.

At the rear, the reshaped two-piece taillights are reminiscent of those on the Insight, and boast a U-shaped light signature. As seen on the outgoing model, the clusters meet up with the prominent crease seen on the vehicle’s sides. The bumper here also mimics the one at the front, with decorative “outlets” on the corners, just behind the rear wheels.

According to Honda, the City is 113 mm longer (4,553 mm), 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 carmaker also states the car adopts polyurethane spray foam insulation and a thicker engine under cover insulator for better NVH.

The significant makeover extends to the interior, as the City’s dashboard layout is entirely new, and appears to be influenced slightly by the latest Jazz. Less cluttered in appearance, there are now vertical-style air vents, with the ones in the middle framing the touchscreen infotainment screen.

Below that, we find the climate control switchgear that appears to be lifted directly from the Jazz, with tactile dials and buttons rather than touch-sensitive controls. For the driver, the steering wheel carries a new design with a smaller centre boss and more conventional-looking on-wheel controls rather than the roundels on the outgoing model.

The positioning of the cupholders, gear lever and handbrake on the centre console appear unchanged from before, although there are now controls for the car’s Eco mode and other functions on either side of the gear lever, just like on recent Honda models.

However, the most significant change that comes with the new City is the adoption of a turbocharged petrol engine, which has a displacement of 1.0 litre (998 cc), with a 73 mm bore and 78.7 mm stroke, as well as a 10:1 compression ratio.

In terms of output, the direct-injected, three-cylinder DOHC mill puts out 122 PS at 5,500 rpm and 173 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm. Other specifications include a BorgWarner single-scroll turbocharger, dual Variable Valve Timing Control (VTC) and Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC). The Thailand-spec engine is also E20 gasohol compliant.

For the Thailand market, the turbocharged engine is the only option made available to customers, with the previous 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated unit being omitted. Additionally, the downsized mill is mated exclusively to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with seven virtual speeds – there’s no option for a manual gearbox.

The new powertrain setup is necessary to ensure the City meets Thailand’s Phase 2 Eco Car framework, which is stricter in terms of fuel economy and emissions. Among the conditions are Euro 5 compliance, CO2 emissions below 100 g/km, and a fuel consumption not exceeding 4.3 litres per 100 km (23.25 km/l). The City has a rated fuel consumption of 23.8 km/l, so it meets said requirements.

Other aspects of the Phase 2 Eco Car regulation include the fitment of various safety systems such as ABS, EBD, BA and VSA as standard across the range, which are present in all four available variants – S, V, SV and RS – of the City sold in Thailand.

As for the list of available equipment, there’s projector headlamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, keyless entry and start, cruise control, manually adjustable front seats (six-way driver, four-way passenger), fabric (S and V) or leather upholstery (SV), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support and a Honda Connect telematics system (remote start, vehicle locator and remote lock operation).

The RS variant gets a few extra items, including a gloss black front grille with an RS logo emblem, a more aggressive bumper and honeycomb grille, LED fog lamps and headlamps, black-painted side mirrors and trunk spoiler, new-design 16-inch wheels, suede leather seats with red stitching, a red-themed instrument panel, and an exclusive Ignite Red exterior colour.

Safety kit includes six airbags (front, side and curtain) – the aforementioned systems to meet Phase 2 Eco Car requirements, hill start assist, a rearview camera and Isofix child seat anchors on the outer rear seats.

In Thailand, the new City range starts from 579,500 baht (RM80,035) for the base S grade, and goes up to 609,000 baht (RM84,107) for the V. Meanwhile, the SV goes for 665,000 baht (RM91,848), while the range-topping RS is priced at 739,000 baht (RM102,061).


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