Honda Thailand launches City hatchback (UPDATE)

BANGKOK: Honda in Thailand has launched the new City hatchback today.

The information available across the interweb reveals that the City hatchback - based on the fifth-generation City sedan, will have three model variants consisting of the entry-level S+, midrange SV and the flagship RS.

The prices for the City Hatchback starts with the S+ variant at 599,000 baht (RM81,000) while the SV gets tagged at 675,000 baht (RM91,000) and the RS at 749,000 baht (RM101,000) with colour options of Ignite Red Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Meteoroid Gray Metallic, Sonic Gray Pearl and Crystal Black Pearl.

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The City Sedan 1.0 Turbo is currently available in The Kingdom in five variants with prices ranging from 579,500 to 739,000 baht (RM78,000 to RM100,000). Colour options include Ignite Red, Platinum White Pearl, Crystal Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metalic and Modern Steel Metalic.

Power for all three variants comes from a 1.0-litre (998cc) three-cylinder turbocharged multi-point injection engine that sips from a 40-litre fuel tank to produce 122hp at 5,500rpm and 173Nm of torque from 2,000 to 4,500rpm - all managed by a continuously variable transmission for the front axle.

In terms of size, the City Hatchback has 2,589mm wheelbase while measuring in at 4,345mm-long (RS: 4,349mm-long ), 1,748mm-wide and 1,488mm-tall.

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With front independent MacPherson struts and a rear torsion beam suspension setup to hold up its 1,161kg kerb weight as it cruises along at an "altitude" of 135mm off the ground with 15-inch alloys wrapped by 185/60 series tyres - partially hiding the front ventilated discs with rear drums.

At the front, the chromed grille is flanked by projector headlights with LED daytime runners while its side profile shows off its door handles and powered side mirrors in matching body colour.

Inside, the blacked-out cabin gets matching fabric seats with piano black accents while keyless entry with push-start button, speed-sensing door locks, start-stop functionality, multi-information display (MID), ECO indicator, ECON button and a driver-side vanity mirror with illumination ups the comfort and convenience levels.

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Entertainment comes from a four-speaker sound system with USB port and Bluetooth connectivity that can be controlled via the multi-function steering wheel.

For safety, there are four airbags as standard, anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, vehicle stability assist, hill-start assist, emergency stop signal and seatbelt pretension system.

Moving on to the mid-range SV variant (1,170kg), the door handles get chromed with the side mirrors now having integrated signals and power-folding functionality.


Inside, there's now leather with synthetic leather combination upholstery, chromed interior door handles, automatic climate controls, white fluorescent instrument cluster gauge and an armrest.

Entertainment now comes from an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports and a reverse camera with three views.

Finally, the flagship RS (1,179kg), which is longer by 3mm at 4,349mm, rolls on larger 16-inch allows with 185/55 series tyres and sporting black for the grille (gloss) and side mirrors.

Inside, there are now two more airbags (six in total), paddle shifters, cruise control, red-illuminated MID, sportier seats (fabric, suede, leather and synthetic leather combination with red piping) and finally eight-speakers for the sound system.

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