HONDA has revealed its fifth-generation City light sedan on the Thailand Motor Expo in Bangkok, introducing a sporty RS variant and debuting the corporate’s new three-cylinder turbo-petrol engine.
The new Thai-built three-box mannequin doesn’t mirror the cutesy form of its sister automotive, the Jazz, that was revealed on the Tokyo present in October, nor does it share the hatchback’s progressive cut up A-pillars that enhance visibility.
Honda Australia public relations supervisor Naomi Rebeschini informed GoAuto “the current City will be with us for some time yet” and stated it was too quickly to verify native particulars for the new-generation mannequin.
As reported, whether or not the new City or Jazz will ever make it to native showrooms stays in rivalry as light automotive gross sales and the worth of the Australian greenback proceed to say no, eroding the already tight revenue margins typical of this phase.
Honda is but to reveal drivetrain particulars for the new Jazz however the City reveal was accompanied by a lot fanfare about its new 1.Zero-litre engine, offering a pointer as to what might finally lurk underneath every bonnet.
Developing 91kW of energy at 5500rpm and 173Nm of torque from 2000-4500rpm, the new 12-valve VTEC Turbo engine is claimed to ship “driving performance superior” to the outgoing City’s 1.5-litre engine and “torque equivalent” to a 1.Eight-litre engine.
Fuel effectivity is claimed to be four.2 litres per 100 kilometres, equal to a CO2 output of 99 grams per kilometre, and the engine can run on an E20 ethanol-petrol mix. It satisfies Euro 5 emissions necessities.
Seven digital stepped ratios may be chosen utilizing paddle-shifters that management the City’s constantly variable automated transmission, which sends drive to the entrance wheels.
Among the usual security gear are six airbags, digital stability management, hill-start help and a multi-angle reversing digital camera.
Honda claims the new City is the phase’s most spacious. Depending on the variant, it’s out there with automated local weather management, two-tone leather-based and a mixture of piano-black and chrome trim.
A new Eight.Zero-inch touchscreen media system consists of Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring with Siri voice instructions and Bluetooth connectivity. There are additionally multifunction steering wheel buttons and a multimode illuminated journey pc within the instrument panel.
Externally, the new City carries a sharper look with commonplace projector headlights and LED daytime operating lights plus LED tail-light clusters, a shark-fin antenna and chrome grille.
Similar to the HR-V small SUV and Civic small hatch and sedan, the sportier RS variant will get a gloss-black end for the grille, rear spoiler and door mirrors, a extra assertive-looking entrance bumper and RS badging.
It additionally features full LED headlights, LED foglights and switch alerts built-in into the electric-folding mirrors.
The RS is solely obtainable in Ignite Red paintwork, mirrored on the within by pink distinction stitching on the distinctive leather-based and suede seats and purple illumination for the instrument pack. Wheels are upgraded from the usual 15-inch alloys to 16-inch gadgets.
Cosmetic choices obtainable in Thailand will embrace a boot spoiler, illuminated sill plates, sport pedals, LED foglights, and three forms of bodykit. Different alloy wheel designs and built-in ‘drive recorder’ sprint cam may even be provided.
In addition to the RS-only Ignite purple, exterior color decisions comprise Platinum White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Taffeta White.
Honda showrooms in Thailand will begin promoting the new City from Christmas Eve earlier than it’s rolled out throughout the Asia and Oceania area, the place the mannequin is taken into account one of many Japanese model’s most necessary and has racked up greater than 100,000 gross sales between January and September this yr.
According to Honda Motor Company chief officer for regional operations in Asia and Oceania, Masayuki Igarashi, 4 million City sedans have been bought throughout 60 nations because the mannequin launched in 1996, with Asia and Oceania accounting for 70 per cent of this quantity.
Honda has bought 576 City sedans in Australia to the top of October this yr, a decline of 18.1 per cent. It is the third-slowest vendor after the Accord giant sedan and NSX supercar. For the complete yr of 2018, City gross sales have been down 11.1 per cent with 837 deliveries recorded.
Overall Honda gross sales are down 15.2 per cent this yr, following a 10.1 per cent upswing in 2018, when the model bought 51,525 automobiles in Australia.