All-new 2020 Honda City Sedan (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.
The previously seen range-topping RS variant will be introduced in January 2021.
Prices will be revised upwards after 31-Dec 2020 with the resumption of SST.
2020 Honda City prices
Price (RM), no SST
Price (RM), with SST
TBC in Jan 2021
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The previous model's SOHC engine has been replaced by a new DOHC one.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.
Claimed fuel economy for the regular variants are 5.4 litres/100 km, while the RS is said to do 3.77 litres/100 km.
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.
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.
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
S, E, V - 519
RS - 409
*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
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.
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.
With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.