Honda recently released a teaser for the City sedan, which will replace the Jazz, in the Malaysian market.
Japanese automaker Honda has officially unveiled the City sedan for the Malaysian market, replacing the Jazz, which was recently discontinued in the country. First introduced in Thailand last year, the Honda City hatchback is essentially the same as its sedan sister, but shorter with a smaller trunk.
The Thai-spec Honda City sedan comes in four variants – S +, SV, RS and RS e: HEV – the latest being a hybrid model. The e: HEV variant of the City sedan is powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine, paired with two electric motors that serve as the transmission system. Maximum power and torque are rated at 109 PS and 253 Nm respectively.
The other variants of the Honda hatch are fitted with a 1.0-liter turbo petrol engine under the hood, capable of generating 122 hp and 173 Nm respectively of peak power and torque. There is only one transmission option offered here – a CVT – which is extremely easy and convenient to drive.
The City sedan has a lot of features, such as LED headlights and daytime running lights, LED taillights, 16 inch alloy rims, semi-digital dashboard (with 7 inch TFT MID), a 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity), Honda Connect, keyless entry, push-button start / stop, remote engine start, automatic climate control (with air vents) rear ventilation), etc.
The vehicle also benefits from the Honda SENSING intelligent safety suite, which includes an anti-collision braking system, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation system (with lane departure warning), assistance system lane keeping and automatic main beam headlights. Other safety features on offer include automatic brake hold, electronic parking brake, multi-angle rear view camera and Honda Lane watch.
The Honda City Hatchback teaser in Malaysia cleverly takes a look at the Toyota Yaris, which will be its biggest rival there. As for the Indian market, Honda has yet to reveal any plans for the City sedan launch here. Since the vehicle is much over four meters, it will not fall into the lower 4 meter tax bracket (unlike the Jazz), and therefore bringing it to our market would not be a smart decision.