All-new 2020 Honda City (GN-series) launched in Malaysia, new engines, from RM 74k

Sanjay · Oct 13, 2020 03:00 PM

The all-new 2020 Honda City has just been launched in Malaysia. Three variants of the locally-assembled (CKD) B-segment Honda City are available at launch - the S, E and V. Prices for the City starts at RM 74,191, valid until 31-December 2020.

The starting price is actually lower than the RM 75,295 (without SST) of the previous generation model.

RS variant pictured.

The previously seen range-topping RS variant will be introduced in January 2021.

Variants of the 2020 Honda City

Prices of the 2020 Honda City: 

Prices will be revised upwards after 31-Dec 2020 with the resumption of SST.

2020 Honda City prices
Variant Price (RM), no SST Price (RM), with SST
S 74,191 76,800
E 81,664 84,800
V 86,561 89,800
RS TBC in Jan 2021

V variant pictured.

The S and V variants are now cheaper by around RM 1k plus, despite gaining a new DOHC engine. The E variant however, is now pricier by around RM 1k plus.

New powertrains for different variants

The previous model's SOHC engine has been replaced by a new DOHC one. Meanwhile, claimed 0-100 km/h times for the S and E variants are 10.2 seconds, while the V clocks 10.4 seconds.

Engine bay of the City RS.

The two-motor i-MMD hybrid RS only needs 9.9 seconds to do the same. Bear in mind that the RS has a 1.5-litre, naturally-aspirated Atkinson-cycle engine to complement the hybrid system.

The naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre DOHC in the S, E and V variants.

Top speed is a claimed 196 km/h for the pure-petrol variants while the petrol-electric hybrid RS tops out at 173 km/h.

This is how the range-topping City RS will fare up against its competitors, in terms of powertrain. Do note that power figures for the engine and motor cannot be summed simply because they peak at different rotational speeds.

S, E and V variants will have front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. All-round disc brakes are available only on the RS variant - as is electronic parking brake (EPB).

Meanwhile, the S and E variants are shod with 15-inch wheels, while the higher-end V and RS variants get 16-inch units.

RS pictured.

That said, the S, E and V get 15-inch spares, while it’s a temporary repair kit for RS owners.

Dimensions of the 2020 Honda City

Much like the Nissan Almera, the City also looks bigger than its segment suggests. Here's how the new City measures:

2020 Honda City Dimensions

Length x Height x Width (mm)

4,553 x 1,748 x 1,467 mm

Wheelbase (mm)

2,600 mm
Bootspace (litres)

S, E, V - 519

RS - 409

Weight (kg)*

*Differences due to safety kit, accessories, etc

S - 1,125

E - 1,126

V - 1,135

RS - 1,246

Of course, numbers without context are nothing, so this is how the City stacks up against rivals:

Exterior of the 2020 Honda City

Other than the powertrain, the looks are also different. As expected, the S and E variants get projector halogens while lacking foglamps, the bootlid spoiler (RS-exclusive) and other visual additions.

Side mirrors with indicators are standard fare, as with LED DRLs and shark fin antenna.

Bootspace for the S, E and V variants is rated at 519 litres, while the RS has a smaller boot (409 litres) presumably due to the high voltage battery pack.

Colour choices available are Passion Red Pearl, Platinum White Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl.

Interior of the 2020 Honda City

V variant shown

S and E variants make do with a single-tone interior, while the dual-tone ivory/black colours are available for the V variant. RS gets red detailing.

RS variant shown.

Paddle shifters are only available on the E and V variants. The RS also has paddles behind the steering wheel, but it's not for the gears, which the RS doesn't have anyway. Instead, the RS' paddles are 'deceleration selector pedals' which adjusts the intensity of the regenerative braking. 

Every variant gets rear-air conditioning vents with two 12V power outlets. Adding to the list of kit that our City does better than the Thai-spec ones are 60:40 split-fold seats.

City RS meter shown.

S, E and V variants have fully-analogue instrument clusters with a small multi-info display in the middle. Only the top-spec RS gets a semi-digital (7-inch) instrument cluster.

Safety features of the 2020 Honda City

V interior. The middle section opens up to reveal 2 cupholders.

The S and E variants get 4 airbags while there's 6 for V and RS variants. Other than that, here's what's standard across every variant:

  • Seatbelt reminders for every seat
  • Rear-seat ISOFIX tethers
  • Vehicle stability assist (VSA)
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
  • Brake assist (BA)
  • Hill start assist (HSA)
  • Emergency stop signal (ESS)
  • 2 reverse sensors

Meanwhile, the E, V and RS variants get reverse cameras. LaneWatch however, is exclusive to the V and RS variants. 

That said, Honda Sensing is only available on the RS variant. These are the functions included:

  • Forward collision warning (FCW)
  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
  • Lane departure warning (LDW)
  • Lane keeping assist (LKAS)
  • Road departure mitigation (RDM)
  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC)
  • Auto high-beam (AHB)

The Honda City will be bundled with 5 years unlimited mileage warranty and up to 5 times free labour service within 5 years/100,000 km. 

I want to know more!

Manual seat adjustments for every variant.

Meanwhile, we have taken the yet-to-be-launched City RS out for a spin very recently, which you can read here. And as usual, a lot of other info can be found on the model page.

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