Honda Malaysia officially launched the All-New City Hatchback in Malaysia on 7 December 2021. The new offering seeks to take the B-hatchback segment ‘A Step Above’, with its sporty design, e:HEV technology, and first-in-segment advanced features. Available in four (4) variants – RS e:HEV, V, E and S; the All-New City Hatchback targets 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. 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.”Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Madoka Chujo
“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,” added Ms. Chujo.
Appearance wise, the All-New City Hatchback which was designed under the ‘Energetic Hatchback’ concept, aims to provide the active, cool and versatile design to appeal to the younger generation of consumers. 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 complete 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 aims to provide a new level of driving experience to the driver with a seamless and smooth acceleration as well as excellent fuel efficiency. Additionally, Honda’s 2-motor hybrid system regulates between three (3) modes of driving: EV, Hybrid and Engine drive modes, which will switch alternately in accordance to 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.
Honda Research and Development (R&D) also engineered enhanced body rigidity for the All-New City Hatchback which is 6% higher compared to the Jazz to realise a high-rigidity frame for collision safety. To further provide the driver and passengers with an enhanced cabin quietness, the All-New City Hatchback A and B pillars are 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 features high-quality textures while remaining 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 popular interior feature in the Honda 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 on 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.
First in its segment for safety, the All-New City Hatchback features the Honda LaneWatch in the RS e:HEV and V variants, a camera-based safety technology that monitors incoming cars from the left and reduce blind spots using live visual in the infotainment system. The All-New City Hatchback RS e:HEV is also equipped with the most complete advanced safety features in its segment, the Honda SENSING. The suite of driver assistance safety systems in Honda SENSING include:
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
- Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
- Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Auto High Beam (AHB)
In addition to that, the All-New City Hatchback also comes with other standard safety features such as Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Rear Seat ISOFIX I‑SIZE Type and Rear Seatbelt Reminder. Meanwhile, the RS e:HEV and V variants are equipped with 6 Airbags. The RS e:HEV variant receives an added Auto Brake Hold (ABH) feature that provides the driver with extra convenience during stop-and-go traffic situations.
The All-New City Hatchback is the second model in Honda Malaysia’s line-up, after the City Sedan RS e:HEV, to feature the Honda CONNECT, an innovative advanced technology that ensures Safety, Security and Convenience. In this model, the full range of telematics system is offered for the first time in the segment. Applying smart Telematics Technology, Honda CONNECT allows users to connect with their cars with a touch of their fingertips via a smartphone application. The technology within Honda CONNECT embodies Honda’s vision of value creation for mobility and people’s daily lives. Key functions of the Telematics technology in Honda CONNECT include Vehicle Diagnostics, Remote Applications, Security Applications, Vehicle Tracking and Support Services – all of which are aimed at easing the owner’s accessibility to their vehicle and its information at all times.
The All-New City Hatchback is priced as follows:
|Variant||With Sales Tax Exemption (RM)*³|
The RS e:HEV variant will be made available in early 2022. Honda Malaysia will announce the price closer to the delivery period. The All-New City Hatchback now arrives with new colours introduced by Honda Malaysia which are Ignite Red Metallic*⁴ and Meteoroid Gray Metallic*⁴. Other colour options available for the All-New City Hatchback are Platinum White Pearl*⁴, Lunar Silver Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl.
Honda Malaysia cites the All-New City Hatchback as ideal for young executives and young families with an active lifestyle – who enjoys a cool, advanced and sporty ride for their daily commute. Honda Malaysia targets to sell 1,000 units of the All-New City Hatchback monthly.
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
*2Android Auto™ will be available upon its official launch of the service in Malaysia
*3Estimated on-the-road price without insurance. Sales Tax Exemption period ends on 30th June 2022. Terms and Conditions apply.
*4RS e:HEV variant only available in these colours
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