2009 Honda City in September - Details
Thailand is due to see the 2009 Honda City by the middle of next month! Honda will unveil the 2009 City as early as mid-September. The car will be based on the new Jazz platform, in the same way the current City shares the previous generation Jazz platform.
Model line up
The Thai City will share the engine and transmissions from the Jazz, the engine being the i-VTEC 120hp unit, while the transmission options will range from the 5-speed manual on the base S model, to the 5-speed automatic transmission complete with steering-wheel paddle shift on the top spec SV. The vast majority will be sold with the standard 5-speed auto.
The base model S and mid-range V spec will be available with a beige interior, while the top-spec SV model will be set apart with black trim.
The V will come in two versions, the V AT, and the V AT(SRS), with the SRS version being the first model that safety-conscious buyers will be able to consider, as the first that comes with dual airbags. The SV has airbags as standard.
The City will have a new "Advanced Audio" system with 4 speakers, but only on the V and SV models. The SV will also have fog lights, indicator lights on the wing mirrors, paddle shift manual mode automatic transmission, etc.
The new 2009 City will be priced just below the Jazz. This should be easier for Honda to achieve now that the Jazz has gone up by THB 10,000 across the range. Although pricing hasn't been confirmed yet, we can expect it to be in the THB 520,000 to THB 660,000 range. The Jazz is currently THB 560,000 to THB 705,000! The outgoing City is priced from THB 484,000 to THB 645,000, but the new model will drop the i-DSI engine, and pricing will start well over THB 500,000.
No surprises in any of these details. The small sedan market is pretty predictable these days. The surprise will probably come from the styling of the new City.
The previous model was very awkward looking, and basically it was just a Jazz with a boot. Spy images of the new City would suggest that Honda is making the City much more of an individual, separating the design from the Jazz this time around.
More details and hopefully some real images soon.