As you know, Honda Malaysia is gearing up for the world premiere of the all-new 2020 GN series Honda City RS i-MMD. Headlining the all-new City are features such as the new 1.5-litre i-MMD engine (new 1.5-litre DOHC engine is also available), Honda LaneWatch and even Honda Sensing.
i-MMD stands for intelligent Multi-Mode Drive system. It is a 1.5-litre two-motor full hybrid that replaces the previous one-motor i-DCD.
Compared to the previous i-DCD hybrid engine in the outgoing generation City, the all-new City has a best-in-class 253 Nm of torque. That is equivalent to a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated engines! But, of course, the torque tapers off earlier.
Power output, meanwhile, is rated at 109 PS/ 253 Nm from the motor and 98 PS/ 127 Nm from the combustion engine, and you can't simply sum the numbers because they peak at different rotational speeds. Honda has yet to release official combined power output numbers, so we will have to wait for the launch.
The i-MMD system was previously only available on larger models like the Accord but Honda engineers have reworked the technology to fit smaller cars like the Honda City and fourth-generation Honda Jazz (Fit) that made its global debut back at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.
We know the City will carry over existing safety equipment like 6-airbags, stability control, traction control, multi-angle reverse camera. The all-new City RS i-MMD will add Honda LaneWatch (blind-spot detecting camera) and also Honda Sensing.
Yes, Honda’s Sensing ADAS feature that was first introduced in the 2017 Honda CR-V has now trickled down to the City. But while the City is confirmed to have AEB system, it remains to be seen if it will also come with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) as the radar hardware is not visible.
Honda Malaysia will be bringing the City RS i-MMD on tour around the country starting now, but the car’s interior will remain under wraps until the launch later this year. Meanwhile, order books are already opened for interested buyers.