Honda Malaysia officially launched the All-New City Hatchback that will be taking the B-hatchback segment ‘A Step Above’, with its sporty design, e:HEV technology, and first-in-segment advanced features.
Available in four variants – RS e:HEV, V, E and S; the All-New City Hatchback will set another benchmark in the industry while targeting the younger audience that prefers a sporty yet premium hatchback.
“Today, Honda Malaysia is set to create another key milestone, offering the popular City model in a hatchback body type.” said Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Madoka Chujo as she was addressing the media at the launch event.
“Over the years and generations, the City has evolved into one of Malaysian’s most favourite B-segment sedan. Over 380,000 units have been sold in Malaysia since the introduction of the 2nd Generation City in 2002.”
“We are very excited to launch our latest eye-catching model, the All-New City Hatchback. This new model will be the trendsetting model with its first-in-segment advanced technology, premium features, versatility with ULTRA Seats configurations and most importantly, it will be absolutely fun to drive.
“I am pleased to announce that as of today we have received a total of 2,000 bookings for the All-New City Hatchback,” she added.
In terms of appearance, the sporty and stylish All-New City Hatchback is designed under the ‘Energetic Hatchback’ concept, while being active, cool and versatile, thus creating the diversity required in the hatchback.
The exclusive ‘RS’ exterior design in the hatchback gives a sporty impression to the RS e:HEV variant. This top variant will receive a Gloss Black – Front Grill, Solid Wing and Door Mirrors, for a two-toned body colour expression.
It will also feature RS e:HEV exclusive shape in the areas of Lower Grill, Fog Garnish and Rear Bumper. Both the RS e:HEV and V variants feature LED Headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), LED Front Fog Lights, Tailgate Spoiler and LED Rear Combi Lights. Both variants are also fitted with 16-inch Alloy Wheels that complement the sleek appearance of the hatchback.
Performance wise, the All-New City Hatchback is equipped with Honda’s e:HEV technology for the RS variant. Powered by the 1.5L Sports intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) powertrain and coupled with Electric Continuous Variable Transmission (e-CVT), the powertrain delivers 109PS and segment leading 253Nm of torque equivalent to a D-segment Naturally Aspirated engine torque performance.
The e:HEV powertrain will bring a new level of driving experience to the driver with a seamless and smooth acceleration as well as excellent fuel efficiency. In addition, the unique and advanced Honda’s 2-motor hybrid system regulates between three modes of driving: EV, Hybrid and Engine drive modes, that will switch alternately in accordance with driver’s driving conditions.
The petrol variant of V, E and S of the All-New City Hatchback is equipped with 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC powertrain producing 121PS which is the highest in its segment, and a maximum torque of 145Nm. This efficient engine offers an ideal balance of ‘fun to drive’ performance and exceptional fuel efficiency for a hatchback body type.
Furthermore, Honda Research and Development (R&D) has engineered an enhanced body rigidity for the All-New City Hatchback by 6% compared to the Jazz to realise high-rigidity frame for collision safety.
To further provide the driver and passengers an enhanced cabin quietness, the All-New City Hatchback A and B pillars is filled with polyurethane spray foam in addition to the variable thickness sound absorber fitted under the engine compartment to reduce noise and vibration.
The interior styling of the All-New City Hatchback is sophisticated with high quality textures yet functional and practical in its approach.
The interior of the RS e:HEV variant is fitted with a sporty design of stylish red-stitched Ultrasuede® Seats*¹. Meanwhile, the V variant’s interior is trimmed with Leather Seats*¹. The RS e:HEV variant also features 7-inch Interactive Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Meter that provides easy access to information according to the driver’s needs.
Another first-in-segment feature for the RS e:HEV variant is Rear Air Conditioning Ventilation for the comfort of rear passengers. The RS e:HEV, V and E variants are furnished with an 8-inch Display Audio with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™*² Connectivity as well as Auto Air-Conditioning Panel and Lower Pocket 2 USB Ports for extra convenience.
Offering comfort and convenience, a much-coveted and popular interior feature synonymous with the Jazz is now made available in the All-New City Hatchback – the 4-Modes versatile ULTRA Seats that can be configured into Utility, Long, Tall or Refresh mode.
The ULTRA Seats allow owners the convenience of utilising different modes at different occasions, while enjoying a boot capacity of 289 litres.
Another advanced feature in this B-hatchback segment benchmark setting is the Electric Parking Brake (EPB) which is offered in the RS e:HEV variant.
In all three variants of RS e:HEV, V and E, owners can remotely turn on the engine and air-conditioning before entering the car with the Remote Engine Start feature.
For more information on the All-New City Hatchback, customers can visit any of the 102 Honda authorised dealerships nationwide or call Honda’s Toll Free number at 1-800-88-2020 or log onto www.honda.com.my.