Bound to the “Touch Tomorrow” theme, the launch highlighted six available variants which come equipped with Honda’s new and improved 1.5 liter i-VTEC engine and are paired with either a 5-Speed Manual Transmission or an exciting CVT with 7-speed paddle shifters which was developed under Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology program.
With regards to design, Honda bill the new City as having their new “Exciting H Design” concept which will be applied to all future Honda global models. This design concept includes three key elements: High Tech, High Tension and High Touch which together focus on developing a pleasing human driving experience.
even the tallest of motoring pundits were able to enjoy ample leg, head and knee room as they took selfies of themselves on the backseats.
When it comes to size, there’s no mistaking that the City has seen some massive improvement with regards to it’s inner-cabin comfort, as even the tallest of motoring pundits were able to enjoy ample leg, head and knee room as they took selfies of themselves on the backseats. This feat in particular is achieved through the City’s “layered floating cockpit”.
Pricing in at an SRP of between Php 756,000 and Php 970,000 - the new City is well-placed to cause some major disruption in the local compact sedan market; especially given Honda’s continued focus on economy features which should help meet the important consumer demand for better fuel economy.
Honda also throw in quite a bit of decent kit, including a 7-inch touch screen display audio, a hands free telephone system, audio streaming via Bluetooth, a HDMI port and voice recognition control technology. All the usual tech is also present, including your typical Aux-In and USB ports, an automatic air-conditioning system which comes equipped with a nifty touch panel and three accessory sockets which allow hassle free gadget charging. Added to the advanced dashboard design is the push start button which combined with a smart key enables you to intelligently lock and unlock the doors and fire up the engine with complete ease.
Vehicle safety is definitely not overlooked; driver and passenger SRS airbags and ABS with EBD come as standard whilst the top of the line variants include additional side airbags, curtain airbags and vehicle stability assist.
In closing, the new City is an exciting prospect. At face value it ticks all of the right boxes and it’s competitive price point will help provide consumers with some great value for money. One things for sure - we’ll be watching the market demand for the all-new City with eager eyes over the next couple of months as we expect the number of City’s on our streets to most certainly grow.