Published: Wed, November 27, 2019
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Honda City unveiled in Thailand

Honda City unveiled in Thailand

AS standard IT comes with a chrome front grille, projector headlights with LED DRLs, LED taillights, new 15-inch alloys, and shark fin antenna.

The City's exterior was created to deliver a sportier appearance with sharp character lines - which are married to a more fastback-style silhouette (like the Civic) - and features projector headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), LED Tail Lights, Chrome Front Grille, Shark Fin Antenna, and newly-designed 15-inch alloy wheels, depending on variant. It's 100mm longer, 53mm wider and 28mm lower than the outgoing model. The City has been the backbone of Honda India's operations for over 20 years, and the carmaker will hope the latest model takes the success story forward.

The Japanese automobile manufacturer Honda makes the official debut of the fifth-generation Honda City in Thailand. Although its wheelbase than the current model 11mm short is.

The company says the new model features a "more premium yet sportier look", adding that a more aggressively styled RS variant will be sold in Thailand.

On the side, the new vehicle gets a more prominent shoulder line that runs from its headlight to its taillight. The dashboard design is straightforward, the choice of colors and materials is somewhat stealthy, and buyers get to choose between leather or fabric seats.

The RS trim features a slew of sporty parts such a gloss black front grille with RS logo, differently-styled front bumper and grille, sportier-looking LED headlights with LED daytime running lamps (DRL), sporty black power-retractable ORVMs with direction indicators, LED fog lamps and gloss black trunk spoiler with an "RS" logo.

The touch sensitive control panel for AC is replaced by conventional knobs in the new City. The B-segment sedan now gets a smoother and more rounded finish if compared to the previous fourth-generation model.

This model is a bigger one while borrowing its styling designs from Honda Accord and Civic. "The all-new Honda City will eventually set a new benchmark and create a new phenomenon in Thailand's city auto segment once again". The dashboard has been reworked and this time the City sports an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple Carplay with Siri voice control.

It drives the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with seven accessible virtual gears, and has a fuel economy rating of 4.2L/100km in local testing.

Honda is yet to divulge drivetrain details for the new Jazz but the City reveal was accompanied by much fanfare about its new 1.0-litre engine, providing a pointer as to what may ultimately lurk under each bonnet. So, stay tuned for more updates about the latest-generation Honda City.

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