After its global debut in India earlier this month, the 2014 Honda City has now been launched in the Thai market. The base version has been priced at 5.5 lakh Baht (Rs 10.5 lakh) and it goes all the way up to 7.49 lakh baht (Rs 14.3 lakh) for the top SV+ variant. Though unlike the Indian version, Honda has offered the City only with a petrol engine and skipped the diesel iDTEC powerplant altogether.
Speaking about the new car, Pitak Pruittisarikorn, Executive Vice President, Honda Automobile (Thailand), said, “The all-new Honda City is the fourth generation, and has been developed from the previous three generations to come equipped with a full range of ideal features that exceed the diverse expectations of customers in the sub-compact car segment. I believe that the all-new Honda City will set a new standard beyond the sub-compact class.”
The new City is powered by a four-cylinder 1.5-litre i-VTEC unit which produces 117bhp and 146Nm of torque. The car is offered in six variants with either a five-speed manual or a seven-speed CVT automatic gearbox (the City Automatic in India continues to get the old five-speed CVT). Inside, the car is similarly equipped as the current version, it features rear AC vents, push button start, a touch screen infotainment system, rear parking camera, steering mounted audio controls, cruise control, leather seats and a touch screen climate control system among others.
Cosmetically and mechanically, the car remains the same as the Indian-spec model, save the addition of a new colour, sporty blue metallic. Honda has equipped City with the safety features like ABS brakes, VSA stability control, Hill Start Assist and Emergency Stop Signal as standard, on all the variants. Honda is targeting sales of 60,000 units of the new City per year