Honda Malaysia today previewed its City Sport Hybrid i-DCD, which it has recently opened for booking at all 91 dealers nationwide, priced at RM89,200 OTR without insurance.
Malaysia is the only country outside of Japan to introduce this new powertrain in a City, and supports the company’s strategy of focusing on next generation Advanced Technology.
It is powered by a 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC engine combined with seven-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) with Integrated High Power Motor, which allows the engine to generate 135hp and 170Nm peak torque, and it boasts a fuel consumption of 3.9L/100km.
For better power delivery, the car is fitted with a Lithium ion (Li-ion) battery which has a higher capacity and is more durable.
On the inside, the hybrid variant is equipped with an advanced 3D Meter Design (Multi-information Display) to provide information such as Energy Flow, Sport Meter, Fuel Economy, Drive Info, Customisation and Eco Display.
Boot space is maintained at the same 536 litres as the petrol variant despite the Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) battery placed underneath it, as the model is built on Honda’s centre tank layout design for space maximisation.
Other features include a 6.8-inch display audio, touch panel air-conditioning, daytime running lights (DRLs), LED taillights and 16-inch dual tone alloy wheels.
Safety-wise, the City Hybrid is equipped with four airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS), vehicle stability assist (VSA), reverse camera and emergency stop signal (ESS).
It is available in three colours – Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and White Orchid Pearl.
The City Hybrid’s warranty is maintained at five years with unlimited mileage at 10,000km service intervals, and an eight-year warranty for its Lithium-ion battery in addition to the standard warranty.
Production has started, and it will be available for test drive at selected dealerships from mid-August, while the Jazz Hybrid is already available at selected dealerships for test drives.
We had the opportunity to try it out for ourselves, and we found it to be more powerful than its petrol sibling, and with better acceleration as well.
We didn’t feel any lag or sluggishness when stepping down on the accelerator after stopping, which tends to be present in hybrids; we could say it did not feel like a hybrid at all.
The car felt spacious, the seats were comfortable and the displays were clear, and although we didn’t have the chance to take it out on the highway to experience its full performance, we could feel it raring to go upon start.
Overall, we were rather happy with our driving experience in the City Hybrid, and we believe it could be a good all-rounder, whether you are driving in the city or long distance on the highways.