25 June 2012

Honda City facelift - refreshed look, ECO function & from RM85,980

Honda has updates its popular B Segment sedan, City with a host of exterior and interior refreshment as well as added "2012 touch" item like the ECO function. Still comes in S and E guise, the new City now costs RM85,980 and RM90,980 respectively. The price increase from the outgoing model during launch time is just nominal RM1,000.

The facelift has been long overdue as other market like Thailand has seen the car since last year,but the introduction to our market was delayed due to the natural calamity that hit Thailand that grind everything to a halt. For this round of update, Honda has updates the aesthetic with the new front bumper, new rear light cluster and the new rear bumper complete the exterior makeover. The rear bumper especially is really distinctive with its lower valence that portrays a much sportier appearance than before.
For the interior, Honda has re-trimmed the centre console with different hue, more elegant-looking aircond dials and the meter binnacle now illuminated in blue. Honda also has include the ECO lighting that came out when you are driving economically. This way, you can know in real time whether you are saving or damaging the earth.

In terms of equipment level, Honda City is equipped with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX seat fixture and the rear centre seat passenger is no longer a third class citizen as it is now equipped with the headrest and three-point seatbelt.

For the powertrain, the enhanced City continues to be powered by 1.5L i-VTEC churning out solid 118bhp@6,600rpm and 145Nm@4,800rpm. Drive is channelled via 5 speed automatic transmission with Shift Hold Control function.

For the standard S model, Honda City rides on 175/65 R15 tyres. Opting for costlier E model, you'll gain 185/55 R16 tyres, Vehicle Stability Assist, fog lamp, retractable side mirror with indicator, paddle shifter, chromed muffler cutter and the interior is further adorned with leather steering wheel with audio switch, rear armrest and rear seat under tray.

In addition to the nominal price increase as mentioned above, Honda Malaysia is also throwing in a class-leading 5 years warranty with unlimited mileage and also six free labour service for up to 100,000km.

Small gallery of the enhanced Honda City can be found after the jump.

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