It seems like the all-new fifth-generation Honda City is arriving in Malaysia earlier than expected. Initially unveiled in Thailand back in November last year, the brand new B-segment sedan has just been teased by Honda Malaysia on its Facebook page.
It’s a simple teaser of the new City, which showcases the side profile of the sedan. Honda Malaysia also wrote that “the game will no longer be the same” with the updated City, suggesting that it could be bringing something big to the table.
Of course, we still don’t have any specific details on the local specifications of the new City, and it remains to be seen exactly when it will be launched here. Nonetheless, now that Honda Malaysia has started teasing the popular sedan, we imagine it wouldn’t be long until the fifth-generation City is officially introduced here.
Compared to its predecessor, the new City naturally looks a lot more modern. On the front, it sports the Japanese car maker’s signature Solid Wing Face, along with full LED headlamps with an integrated L-shaped LED turn signal. As for the rear end, there are sleeker-looking two-piece LED taillights now.
Engine options of the updated City, on the other hand, are market-dependent. For the Thailand market, the B-segment sedan is offered with a sole 1.0L turbocharged three-cylinder DOHC engine that outputs 122hp and 173Nm of torque. Drives are sent to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with seven virtual speeds.
But in India, the all-new City comes with two 1.5L four-cylinder engine options: an upgraded i-VTEC petrol mill with DOHC – instead of SOHC – that puts out 121hp and 145Nm of torque, and an i-DTEC diesel engine that churns out 100hp and 200Nm of torque. For the sake of comparison, the current fourth-generation City for the Malaysian market has a 1.5L i-VTEC SOHC engine with 120hp and 145Nm of torque.
Looking at these engine options, the turbocharged one for the Thailand market looks the most appealing, though some may not be thrilled by the small displacement and three-cylinder construction. The latter is often regarded as being “less refined” than a four-cylinder engine, where it’s said to be vibrate and rattle more harshly.
Regardless, we’ll just have to wait for Honda Malaysia to release more information on the local specification of the all-new fifth-generation Honda City. It’s regarded as one of the most popular B-segment sedans here, so needless to say, the new model is highly anticipated.