November 28, 2019 By Paolo de Borja Photos by the author and Honda Thailand press

Honda exhibits 2020 City at Thai Motor Expo 2019

Now with a turbocharged engine

The newly launched fifth-generation 2020 Honda City with its new turbo-powered engine is on display at the 36th Thailand International Motor Show from November 29 to December 10.

Now packed with a 1.0-liter three-cylinder DOHC VTEC turbocharged engine that’s connected to an Earth Dreams CVT, the new City is capable of producing 125 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 128 lb-ft. of torque from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm. Despite being smaller by 0.5-liter, Honda claims that the new motor is 33 percent more efficient than the outgoing 1.5-liter engine.

Sharper character lines highlight the entirety of the new City – giving it a sportier and more energetic persona. The styling shares a resemblance with the rest of the current Honda model range. The front flaunts a more daring and premium look thanks to larger, swept-back headlights with LED daytime running lights that are matched with a new chrome grille. Complementing these is a bolder bumper to complete the look upfront. Highlighting the rear are also larger, longer LED taillights that help bring out the more premium stance of the subcompact sedan. For better driver visibility, side mirrors are now mounted on the doors. And after introducing the RS badge on the Civic, Jazz, Brio, and Mobilio, the 2020 City now has been introduced with an RS variant in an exclusive Ignite Red color. The City is dressed up with new 15-inch alloy wheels, while the RS variant gets sporty-looking 16-inch alloy wheels.

Interior-wise, the more premium cabin showcases a bigger space compared to the fourth-generation model. From the dashboard to the door sidings, there is surely a lot softer material utilized in the new City. A new 8-inch Advanced Touch Display Audio with Apple CarPlay dons the center of the dash. Similar to the RS variants in the rest of Honda’s line up, the City RS gets touches of red on the instrument cluster, touchscreen, and stitching on the upholstery.

For now, specific details on the Philippine launch and pricing have yet to be released. In Thailand, however, the all-new 2020 Honda City is available in four variants: City RS (739,000 baht), City SV (665,000 baht), City V (609,000 baht), and City S (579,000 baht).

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