By Bennett Oghifo
Japanese automaker, Honda has designed and built the 2019 Honda City sedan in its Thailand factory with the Nigerian market in mind, taking into account the nation’s environment.
Mr. Remi Adams, Lead, Sales Marketing, Honda Automobile Western Africa Ltd., stated this as the company unveiled the All-New 2019 Honda City to the media, at its facility in Amuwo Odofin, Lagos, during the week.
The manufacturers stated that the All-New Honda City is an advanced stunning star compact sedan that exceeds its class with best in class space and fuel economy.
“The new arrival builds on its predecessor’s exceptional safety, excellent dynamics, high fuel efficiency, cool design, comfortable spaces, advanced technology and practical equipment. The New CITY comes with Low-gravity, Wide Stance and Trend-setting Styling with Outstanding Spaces.” It has been “totally upgraded to be a “4-door sedan with the best value” to catch consumers’ attention and open new horizons for the urban sedan.” Considering the Honda philosophy of “Man Maximum, Machine Minimum”, the 2019 New CITY retains the agility of the 1.5L even as the Up-Class concept was adopted to create a super-sized interior approaching that of medium sedans.
Exterior: The 2019 City boasts of a completely restyled front fascia with the New Honeycomb Grille giving it a bold and aggressive look. The external styling embraces a new design philosophy of “Low center of gravity, wide stance” for a sportier and more innovative look. Sleek lines on both sides of the body lend a unique look to the new Honda City. The New LED Day Time Running Lights (DRL) adds luxury and class that immediately catches attention.
In addition to the front exterior changes, the rear bumper now redesigned to give a premium feel. The rear taillights enhance the visibility and stance of the New City making its contour distinct from the crowd. Other exterior features include Chrome Front Grille, Halogen Headlights, Power Door Mirrors and Shark Fin Antenna. The new exterior finishing enhances the new model’s sense of agility and streamlined aesthetics.
Interior: All New City delivers cleverly generated interior space that exceeds its class by further evolving Honda’s “man maximum machine minimum” concept, which aims at maximising the space available for people and minimizing the space required for mechanical components.
While maintaining compact dimensions and realising longer wheelbase, efficient use of space have been made for both driver and occupants to create a spacious interior cabin with widest front seat space and rear seat space beyond its class.
The artistry in the 2019 City creates thoughtful interiors, with a new interior colour of Black; the 2019 City contains a grand cabin space, extensive legroom, rear a/c ducts and an ergonomically designed cockpit that will delight all users.
The All New City measures 4455 mm in length (20mm more than the outgoing model), 1695 mm in width (same as outgoing model), 1485 mm in height (10 mm more than the outgoing model) and 2600 mm as the wheelbase (extended by an additional 50 mm over outgoing model).
All New City is powered by an improved 1.5L 4 Cylinder SOHC i-VTEC Petrol engine designed to offer the best balance of engine performance and fuel economy. It is designed to deliver outstanding fuel economy at a maximum power of 118 hp @ 6600 rpm followed by a maximum torque of 145 N-m @ 4600 rpm. The engine is supported with the new generation Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) with a fuel consumption of 20KM per litre.
Safety: The 2019 City’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body enhances self-protection while mitigating damage to other vehicles in the event of a collision hereby enhancing occupant protection.
Other safety features include:
• ABS: Anti-Lock Brake system ensures you have full steering control to avoid the danger ahead.
• Airbags: Dual front airbags that provides protection to occupants in case of an accident.
• ISO-Fix: three positions at the rear seat for adequate positioning of baby car seat
• Front Active Headrest with Pretension seatbelts
With every enhancement, the City outdoes itself. Now it returns to stun on every level. Rule the road with style and make heads turn. Be swept away by innovation that makes the pulse race. Discover how the best just got better.
“With the ALL New 2019 Honda CITY, we offer users comfort that exceeds its class and fuel economy that makes exploring the CITY Economical,” Adams said.