Ever since the Honda City was introduced into the Philippine market in 1996, it has given consumers an affordable entry point to the Honda brand with a nicely spec’d, no nonsense offering. This has helped it become one of the top selling nameplates in the Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) line-up. So it’s but fitting to unveil the all-new 2021 Honda City during the marque’s 30th anniversary month this October.
Now on its seventh-generation (fifth iteration locally), the all-new City was revealed via HCPI’s social media channels and takes its cue from the previous iterations’ sleek and sophisticated styling and gives it an even sharper edged look. This one is a fine mix of lines and subtle touches that echo the less is more theme.
Longer, wider, and lower, the new City sports the latest interpretation of the Honda grille up front that points to the new direction for the family face. This is flanked by sleek headlights that are full LED units with Daytime Running Lights for the top-of-the-line RS variant. The sporty RS also adds black accents with RS badging on the grille, mirror caps, and rear spoiler, as well as Sports-type bumper design. The side mirrors have also been moved down to the door panels and are nicely complemented by a character line that runs from the top edge of the headlights all the way to the taillamps, giving the car a sporty yet sophisticated demeanor. The look is finished off by 16-inch alloys for higher variants while the S variants get 15-inch rims.
Step inside and more of that simple yet premium feeling vibe greets you. There’s now an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with USB and Bluetooth connectivity to match. You also get automatic air-conditioning with rear seat vents, push-start button with Remote Start for the RS, and leather seating and interior surfaces with red stitching on the RS version.
When it comes to power, the 2021 Honda City gets an improved version of its predecessor’s tried and tested 1.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder i-VTEC-equipped engine with 120bhp and 107lb-ft of torque. Buyers can choose between a 6-speed manual or a Continuously Variable Transmission with Paddle Shifters for the RS trim.
As for safety, you get goodies like Honda’s G-CON body structure, 6 SRS airbags (4 on lower trims), ABS with EBD, Vehicle Stability Assist, Emergency Stop Signal, Speed-sensing doorlocks, child locks, ISOFIX child seat anchors, and available Multi-view Reverse Camera.
The 2021 Honda City is offered in three trim levels with the following introductory prices (until December 31, 2020):
- City 1.5 S MT: P838,000
- City 1.5 S AT: P878,000
- City 1.5 V CVT: P968,000
- City 1.5 RS CVT: P1,048,000