Honda Malaysia today announced the new City Hybrid for the domestic market. The Honda City Sport Hybrid i-DCD, which shares a similar platform with the recently introduced Jazz Hybrid, is now up for bookings at dealerships around the country with a starting price of RM89,200.
The Honda City Hybrid i-DCD is the second model after the Jazz version to be made available outside of Japan. The introduction of the City Hybrid offers a different powertrain option to B-segment buyers in the country. Based on the latest generation City, launched in March this year, the Hybrid version is powered by a 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC engine combined with 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) with Integrated High Power Motor. Both the engine and Integrated High Power Motor allow the engine to deliver up to 137PS and 170Nm torque that is equivalent to a 1.8l engine. The fuel efficiency of the City Hybrid is recorded at 3.9L/100km, and for better power delivery, Honda uses a Lithium ion (Li-ion) battery, which has higher capacity and is more durable. The 7-Speed DCT employs the electronic gear shifting system of Shift-by-Wire Gear, to give a sporty and quicker response feel, allowing drivers to enjoy a smooth ride during gear transition with no lag or clutch slip. Meantme, the Paddle Shift in this hybrid variant makes upshift and downshift during overtaking easier; it allows engine braking during downshift and powerful acceleration during upshift for a more exhilarating drive.
Inside, the City Hybrid is packaged with a 3D Meter Design (Multi-Information Display) to provide a variety of information such as Energy Flow, Sport Meter, Fuel Economy, Drive Info, Customization and ECO Display at a glance, for the convenience of drivers.
The City Hybrid maintains the current generation’s large boot space at 536 liters, (the same as the petrol variant and biggest in its segment), even with the Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) battery placed underneath it. This model is built on Honda’s unique centre tank layout design to maximise space. Various City Hybrid highlights include 6.8-inch Display Audio, Touch Panel Air-Conditioning, Daytime Running Lights, LED Tail Lights and 16-inch Dual Tone Alloy Wheels.
With safety being top priority, the City Hybrid is equipped with four airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Reverse Camera and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS).
At the time of introduction, the City Hybrid will be offered in three color options: Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and White Orchid Pearl. Warranty for the City Hybrid will be maintained at 5 years with unlimited mileage at 10,000 km service intervals at any of the 91 Honda authorized dealerships. PLus, the City Hybrid has 8 years warranty for its Lithium-Ion battery in addition to the standard warranty.
Equipped with advanced technology, Honda Malaysia believes that the City Hybrid will deliver on its promise of delivering ‘Tomorrow’s Technology, Today’s Reality’ to customers in Malaysia. This more affordable hybrid vehicle option is priced below RM90,000, making it an extremely attractive and the most complete sedan with a sporty drive, which is packed with value-for-money features, advanced technology and adequate safety technology.
Honda Malaysia has started the production of City Hybrid and it will be available at selected dealerships for test drive starting mid-August.