The new Honda City hatchback has been finally introduced in Malaysian markets. The hatchback derivative of the 7th gen City made its debut in Thailand last year and has already been introduced in various other markets.
Just like the 7th gen Honda City sedan in Malaysia, the hatchback comes in 4 variants– 1.5 S, 1.5 E, 1.5 V, and e:HEV RS hybrid. In terms of design the City remains similar to the ones sold in other markets with its front end similar to its sedan sibling whereas the shortened back gets similar slim horizontally stacked tail lamps with similar light signature. The RS e:HEV and V versions get LED headlights with LED DRLs, LED front fog lights, LED rear combination lights, and 16-inch alloy wheels as opposed to lower variants which get 15-inch units as standard.
The interior is also identical the the City sedan. Depending on the variant, the City hatchback features a 7-inch display and 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, key-less entry, remote engine start, ULTRA seats, auto air-conditioning, fabric/leather upholstery, paddle shifters, cruise control, and more.
Under the hood, the three petrol variants are equipped with a 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder engine that churns out 120hp and 145 Nm and is paired to a CVT gearbox. The hybrid variant is powered by a 97 hp/127 Nm 1.5L four-cylinder engine together with an electric motor delivering a combined 109 hp/253 Nm.
Touted as safe for everyone, the Honda City hatchback offers the most complete set of next-gen advanced safety tech, which is first in its segment. The Honda Sensing package that’s offered with RS e:HEV comprises of Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keep Assist System, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning and Auto High Beam.
Standard safety features across the lineup include 4 airbags and stability control, while with the V variant gets a Honda LaneWatch camera and 6 airbags in total. The City hatchback in Malaysia comes a 5-year unlimited-mileage warranty and 5 complimentary labor services. The hybrid version gets an 8-year, unlimited-mileage warranty which includes the lithium-ion battery as well.
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