Honda Cars Philippines (HCPI) aims to raise the bar in the subcompact segment by introducing new variants of the City: the 1.5 EL and the 1.5 ENC with automatic transmission and paddle shifters. These new variants also sport 16-inch seven-split-spoke alloy wheels. Now with refreshed interiors, the subcompact sedan has blue and white illumination in the instrument cluster and chrome-accented center console. An addition to the instrument cluster is the Eco Drive indicator lamp, a device that lights up whenever the driver is driving efficiently, serving as a reminder of fuel-efficient driving.
"We challenged ourselves once again to change the rules for the City in the Philippines by introducing 1.5-liter variants with first-in-class premium and safety features," said HCPI president and general manager Tatsuya Natsume.
The 1.5 EL variant boasts a new black leather interior. The 1.5 ENC variant, on the other hand, is equipped with safety features that were once only available in higher displacement models. It has vehicle stability assist, ISOFIX child-seat provision, 60:40 split-folding rear seats, and a seatbelt reminder for both driver and front passenger.
"These features make the City 1.5 ENC one of the pioneers to introduce a model (in the Philippines) that gets a five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating for adult occupant protection, the highest safety rating possible," Natsume said. All variants of the City are equipped with dual front airbags and ABS with electronic brake-force distribution.
The City is now available in five colors: Sparkling Brown, Taffeta White, Urban Titanium, Crystal Black and Carnelian Red, which used to be available only in the Civic. Locally assembled in Honda's manufacturing plant in Santa Rosa, Laguna, the new City variants are priced as follows:
* 1.5 EL AT - P861,000
* 1.5 ENC AT - P876,000