Honda Malaysia presented a unit of the all-new Honda City RS e:HEV to Invest Melaka Berhad (IMB).
The presentation, which was in collaboration with SOCAR Mobility Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (SOCAR), was actually held in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebration of Melaka State Development Corporation (PKNM).
The All-New City RS e:HEV was presented by Mr. Sarly Adle Sarkum, President and Chief Operating Officer of Honda Malaysia to Tuan Haji Ramli Bin Mohd Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Invest Melaka Berhad at a ceremony held in Menara MITC, Melaka.
A bit on the Honda City RS e:HEV
Launched last October, the All-New Honda City RS e:HEV features a few features that sets it apart from the other variants, like the new Gloss Black Front Grille, Lower Front Grille, new rear Bumper with Diffuser, New Gloss Black Trunk Spoiler, New Gloss Black Door Mirrors as well as Dual‑Tone 16‑inch Alloy Wheels.
Within the interior, the All-New City RS e:HEV variant is fitted with Ultrasuede Seats and Red Stitching, offering an overall package that is beyond its segment.
Additionally, it is also equipped with a highly efficient 2-motor hybrid system powered by a 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) system. The e:HEV system is revolutionary as it is able to deliver 109PS and best-in-class high torque of 253Nm.
When combined with Electric Continuous Variable Transmission (e-CVT), it delivers a powerful and smooth acceleration that is equivalent to a D-segment Naturally Aspirated engine’s level of torque. The e:HEV system can seamlessly regulate between the three driving modes which are EVDrive, HybridDrive and EngineDrivein the most efficient way.
The All‑New City RS e:HEV is the first model amongst Honda’s line-up to be furnished with an innovative Honda CONNECT technology which utilizes smart Telematics Technology, providing an advanced and integrated 24-hour communications system. It also functions to ensure Safety, Security & Convenience to Honda car owners.
Key functions of the Telematics technology in Honda CONNECT include Vehicle Diagnostics, Remote Applications, Security Applications, Vehicle Tracking and Support Services – all of which are aimed at easing owner’s accessibility to their vehicle and its information whenever and wherever.
The innovative technology also features Emergency Call (e-Call) function that elevates Mobility as a Service (MaaS), which is one of the three main thrusts of Malaysia’s NAP 2020. In summary, Honda CONNECT embodies Honda’s vision of value creation for mobility and people’s daily lives which is also in line with the Malaysian Government’s direction in promoting the NAP 2020.
Next, the All-New City RS e:HEV also comes with the enhanced Honda Sensing, which was developed to realize the vision of a collision‑free mobile society by utilizing a front wide view camera to better recognize road boundaries during day and night driving conditions. The suite of driver assistance safety systems in Honda Sensing includes:
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Auto High Beam (AHB)
Besides these advanced technologies, the All-New City RS e:HEV is also packed with first in its class features namely the Honda LaneWatch and Electric Parking Brake (EPB).
It also comes with a standard host of safety features which include Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Rear Seat ISOFIX I-SIZE Type and New Rear Seatbelt Reminder. Other additional safety features in this variant include Reverse Sensors with Multi-angle Reverse Camera and Auto Brake Hold (ABH) which enables the vehicle’s stationary position to be held with only a push of a button.
Honda Malaysia has finally announced the price of the All-New Honda City RS e:HEV, which asks for RM105,950 on the road without insurance, minus SST. Malaysia also happens to be the first country in the world to unveil this version.
The All-New City RS e:HEV variant will be the first Honda model in Malaysia to be equipped with the Honda Connect technology that was launched yesterday.
Honda Connect utilizes smart Telematics Technology to bring connectivity to a whole new level for Honda car owners. Its advanced and integrated communications system is available 24-hours and functions to ensure Safety, Security and Convenience to Honda car owners.
Coming back to the City RS e:HEV, key features on the exterior includes a gloss black front grille, a lower front grille, a new rear bumper with diffuser, a new gloss black trunk spoiler and new gloss black door mirrors that give a sporty two-toned impression of the body colour.
Further complementing the appearance of the car are the new LED Headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), New LED Fog Lights with Garnish, New LED Taillights as well as Dual-Tone 16-inch Alloy Wheels.
The All-New City RS e:HEV is equipped with a highly efficient 2-motor hybrid system powered by a 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) system, delivering 109 PS and a best-in-class torque of 253 Nm.
The e:HEV system will switch automatically between the three driving modes which are EV Drive, Hybrid Drive and Engine Drive. This variant also comes with Deceleration Selector Paddles that enable the driver to engage on the paddles for power regeneration and to decelerate the vehicle without stepping on the brake pedal.
Inside, this variant features a 7-inch Interactive Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Meter that accentuates the high-quality design. It also comes with Sport Pedal Pads that provides a sportier feel and is fitted with Ultrasuede Seats and Red Stitching at interior areas. An 8-inch Display Audio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Connectivity is also available in this variant.
The All-New City RS e:HEV also comes with Honda Sensing suite of driver assistance systems which include:
1. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) 2. Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) 3. Forward Collision Warning (FCW) 4. Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) 5. Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) 6. Lane Departure Warning (LDW) 7. Auto High Beam (AHB)
The Remote Engine Start feature is also a first in segment technology which allows the driver to start their car while the doors are locked and to activate the air-conditioning in order to cool down the cabin with a simple push of a button on the keyless remote. This variant also comes with Electric Parking Brake (EPB) that provides additional convenience to the driver with just a lift of a button.
Where safety is concerned, the All-New City RS e:HEV variant is equipped with 6 airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Rear Seat ISOFIX I-SIZE Type and New Rear Seatbelt Reminder.
Other additional safety features in this variant include Reverse Sensors with Multi-angle Reverse Camera and Auto Brake Hold (ABH) which enables the vehicle’s stationary position to be held with only a push of a button.
The All-New City RS e:HEV variant is offered in three colours – Passion Red Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic and Platinum White Pearl.
When Honda launched the all-new Honda City last October, the main highlight was the range-topping City RS e:HEV hybrid variant which made its world debut in Malaysia. Unfortunately, the pricing for the City RS e:HEV wasn’t revealed, and the model was only slated to be delivered to customers this year.
Well, guess what? The company today confirmed that the All-New Honda City RS e:HEV will indeed be reaching its rightful owners later this month, and that is not all. Honda Malaysia has also introduced its latest innovative and advanced technology, the Honda Connect which will be available for the first time in the All-New Honda City RS.
What is Honda Connect?
Applying smart Telematics Technology, Honda Connect allows the users to connect with their cars with a touch of their fingertips via a smartphone application.
Key functions of the Telematics technology in Honda Connect include Vehicle Diagnostics, Remote Applications, Security Applications, Vehicle Tracking and Support Services – all of which are aimed at easing owner’s accessibility to their vehicle and its information whenever and wherever.
Under Safety and Security, Honda Connect is equipped with Automatic Collision Detection System, Security Alarm Detection, Speed Alert, Find My Car, Geo-Fencing Alert and Emergency Call.
The Automatic Collision Detection System provides immediate support to the driver via Honda’s 24 Hours Roadside Assist Call Centre in case of an accident or air bag deployment in the car, where a notification will be sent to the Call Center and emergency support will be dispatched.
Monitor your car remotely
And then there is the Security Alarm Detection feature which remotely monitors the car situation from wherever the owner is. A push notification will then be sent to the owner as well as Honda’s 24 Hours Roadside Assist Call Centre when the car door, trunk or bonnet is forcibly opened.
Owners are also able to conveniently and safely locate their vehicle with the Find My Car function in Honda Connect which allows owners to park with ease anywhere knowing that they can now easily locate their car on a map that is linked to their smartphone.
Besides that, there are the Speed Alert and Geo-Fencing Alert functions to alert and notify the owner when the vehicle is being driven out of the set conditional parameters of driving radius and speed limit.
Honda Connect also includes Remote Vehicle Control; Car Status and Service Reminder; Vehicle Dashboard and Point of Interest (POI) search.
24 Hours Roadside Assist Call Centre
Owners can also request for Honda’s 24 Hours Roadside Assist Call Centre to unlock the doors remotely if the car keys were accidentally left inside.
Besides the car lock, this feature can also remotely start or stop the car engine, switch on or off the air conditioning to conveniently cool the cabin as well as remotely switching on the lights to help the owner locate the parked car at night time – all of which truly redefines safety and convenience while bringing the joy of connectivity and mobility to customers.
An emergency call function enables users to quickly connect with emergency contacts which can promptly support and assist user in emergencies. Driving behaviour and Trip logs work to track and record driving styles with driving data from the connected vehicle.
The Service Reminder function provides users with updates on all past service information including reminders for next periodical maintenance. Users can check Service History, Parts List and Estimation cost for future vehicle service as well as contact a Honda Dealer to make a service appointment.
Honda Connect’s Remote Diagnostic Support provides initial assessment and necessary diagnosis on the issue at hand. It can detect any issues with the 11 main indicators, after which Honda’s 24 Hours Roadside Assistance Call Center will arrange for necessary support if requested by the owner.
Similarly, with the other safety and security features, a push notification will be sent to users when trouble occurs with the vehicle and is detected on the warning lamp.
The 11 indicators supported by the Remote Diagnostic Support are Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Supplemental Restraint System, Brake System, Engine Malfunction, Charging System, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) System, Electric Power Steering (EPS) System, Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control System (ACC), Safety Support and Power System.
Last but not least, Honda Connect also works to offer an advanced form of communication through the One-to-One Message function, Social Network Services (SNS) Posting and Customer Inquiry features.
The One-to-One Message are reminders on service maintenance, insurance renewal and annual vehicle tax deadline while SNS Posting allows users to share their vehicle trip logs with their community via social media.
Honda Malaysia today announced that the All-New City is now open for booking at Honda’s 101 authorised dealerships nationwide.
The introduction of the All-New City RS intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) in Malaysia will also be the world premiere as no other market in the world gets the City with the i-MMD hybrid system.
For the first-time in Honda Malaysia, the All-New City RS will be powered by the new i-MMD powertrain. The i-MMD system, globally known as e:HEV, spearheads Honda’s Next Generation Hybrid Technology to realize outstanding environmental performance without compromising driving enjoyment.
According to Honda Malaysia, the i-MMD powertrain delivers best-in-class high torque of 253Nm for a powerful and smooth acceleration that performs better than a C-segment and equivalent to a D-segment or a 2.5L Naturally Aspirated engine torque.
The All-New City will also be offered with a new 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC powertrain which is the newest engine in its segment to provide an ideal balance of performance and fuel efficiency.
The All-New City RS’s avant-garde exterior design accentuates a sense of large vehicle size class. It features New LED Headlights (RS & V) with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL) as well as New LED Taillights to signify an unrivalled exterior look. The New Black Door Mirror** creates a two-toned expression of the body colour, making the All-New City RS stand out above the rest. The 16” Aluminium Wheels (RS & V) in dual tone further compliments the sporty design of the car.
The outer diameter on a pair of spokes gives a sense of a rim-less appearance and makes the wheels look larger. Overall, the All-New City RS impresses on the exterior made possible by the cutting-edge design and sleek appearance.
The All-New City boasts a couple of B-segment firsts, setting a benchmark equivalent with C, D and SUV segments with features such as Honda LaneWatch (RS & V), a camera based advanced safety technology which assist to monitor blind spots, making it easier for the driver to change lane or make turns.
Replacing the traditional handbrake lever, the All-New City RS’s new first-in-segment Electric Parking Brake (EPB) provides convenience to the driver with just a lift of a button, while appearing trendy and technologically advanced.
With first in its segment pioneering advanced technology, unparalleled performance and exceptional design; the ambitious All-New City is unmatched in the B-segment and will continue to stand as Malaysia’s favourite among working adults, young executives as well as young families.
In conjunction with the recent announcement by the Government on the PENJANA sales tax exemption scheme which provides financial aid to new car buyers, Honda Malaysia is pleased to offer new car buyers with a RM1,000 Service Voucher under the ‘All-New City Special Early Booking Programme’ for customers who book the All-New City.
There has not been any price announcement yet, but what we know is that the car will be offered in 4 variants once it is launched.