All of the information below is based on leaked information and none of it can be assumed to be 100% accurate.
The 2009 Honda City will be in Thai showrooms on 10th September. Thailand will be the first country in the world to get Hondas small sedan,...
Engine and Transmission
The 2009 Honda City will share the same power unit and transmission as the recently introduced 2nd generation Jazz. And, as with the Jazz, the City will only have the one engine. The previous generation was available with a 1.5 i-DSI or a 1.5 VTEC, producing 88hp and 110hp respectively. The iDSI models were more economical on fuel, and i-DSI models were also cheaper.
The new model will simplify things with just one engine on offer, the 1.5 litre i-VTEC. The 1497cc SOHC (single-over-head-cam), 4 cylinder, 16 valve engine uses Honda's i-VTEC technology to improve efficiency and power. The unit can now deliver 120 hp at 6600 rpm. The engine is E20 capable.
According to Honda the new engine is more economical than before, despite the 10 hp power increase,..
The base S MT model will have a 5-speed-manual gearbox, while all other models will share the smooth-shifting 5-speed automatic from the Jazz.
Employing "Grade Logic Control" which will hold the gear during climbs and decent, and the "Shift Hold System" to remain in a lower gear for improved control during cornering, the 5-speed box is very driver friendly.
The top model will include a paddle-shift operated manual mode.
Car makers always like to make each successive model just that little bit bigger than the previous generation. This is also to be true of the 2009 Honda City, and it is to grow in every way.
The length is rumoured to increase by around 95mm to 4485mm. The current generation is already longer than the 4300mm Toyota Vios.
The increase in overall length is to make way for a 100mm increase in wheelbase, now 2550mm, equalling the Vios, and 50mm longer than the Jazz. This should translate into a big improvement in legroom in both the front and rear.
The current City is already a tall looking car, and the new model is even taller, with height to increase by 10mm, to 1495mm. This is lower than the 1525mm Jazz, but 35mm extra height over the Toyota Vios.
Width is to increase by 5mm to 1695mm, equalling the Jazz, which is sill 5mm narrower than the Vios.
This will make the City the largest car in the 1500cc class, and since Honda are very good at packaging we can be sure that all that space will be very well utilised, with clever storage spaces, plenty of room for the occupants, and a large boot.
With a capacity of 506 litres, the City easily beating out the Toyota Vios with its 471-litre-capacity boot.
The look - "Mini Accord"
This time the City will be completely different from the Jazz in terms of look. The roof-line and door-frame lines are much more sedan-like, and there is something of the accord to it.