The 2014 Honda City's launch date is just around the corner and Honda Malaysia is giving the public a sneak peek before its official launch. The first stop (21-23 Feb) in the country is in Paradigm Mall, Kelana Jaya, where the bottom half of the Honda City is enclosed within a glass box. Everyone can still have a peek through the closed windows, but the reflection on the windows make it hard to have a clear view of the interior.
The overall design of the 2014 Honda City is an evolution of its predeccessor. The front end has cues of the Euro-spec Civic Hatchback while the rear end is more mature and elegant than previously. Interesting curves and contours on the body works, but the horizontal dip line on the doors doesn't quite appeal to me. The 2014 City comes in 4 variants: E, E+, S and V. One of the Sales Advisors told me the City shown here is the S-spec. From my enquiries, I acknowledged that E comes with wheel cover instead of the 15-inch alloy shown here, while the V variant will get a 16-inch alloy design.
Spec wise, S variant gets goodies such as VSA, smart entry, steering controls and side mirror turning lights, but a little disappointing to know that S variant still carries rear drum brakes and comes with no fog lights. Top-of-the-line V variant receives 6 airbags, cruise control and 7-inch display audio as standard. Good news is rear air conditioning is available across the range! I'm impressed...
In terms of pricing, it is expected to be sold in the estimated price range of RM75k to RM90k. Perhaps Honda Malaysia will give us a surprise where the entry-level E variant will be under RM75k when it is launched? Bear in mind that every variant comes with only CVT automatic gearbox, no manual transmission is being offered for the time being.
*Correction: The comfirmed variants available are S, S+, E and V, where S is the entry level variant right up to the top-of-the-range V variant.
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