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Just in time for Honda Cars Philippines’ 30th anniversary celebration, the big “H” will be unveiling the latest version of its best-selling sedan, the all-new Honda City. The all-new City will feature the sleek and modern Honda design language that debuted on the Honda Civic, and that is also gracing the new CR-V.

This means that the all-new Honda City will have available full LED headlamps with multiple elements, clamshell hood, bar-type grille, bumper with chunky faux brake ducts, shark-fin antenna, available side turn signal integrated into the side mirror, and new LED taillamps.

The new sedan gains slightly in length and width, at an expected 4553mm long x 1748mm wide. It’s 10mm lower at 1467mm, and wheelbase remains unchanged from the outgoing model, at 2600mm.

The new design’s best execution is of course reserved for the RS (Road Sailing) variant. The RS will be decked out with 16-inch alloy wheels, gloss black lip-type rear spoiler, jewel-like LED headlamps with light-guide LED daytime running lights, glossy black grille with honeycomb insert, gloss black door mirrors, and LED fog lamps inset into the front bumper.

Inside, the RS features an 8-inch touchscreen audio control panel with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. It also acts as the display monitor for the multi-view camera system. The panel is neatly integrated into the dashboard, instead of popping out awkwardly like so many recent designs from other carmakers. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes, and features remote switches for cruise control, audio and phone control. City features hands-free phone function as well. The automatic airconditioning has rotary switches for easier control, while the engine start-stop is via a push button. There are rear vents for the aircon. Seating features an attractive combination of leather and suede, with red stitching. Sport pedals are standard, as well.

The V and S variants also get the 8-inch touchscreen and the pushbutton start-stop system, except for the base S Manual, which gets a 2-DIN audio system. Standard across all variants are driver and front passenger SRS airbags, and side airbags. The RS adds side curtain airbags. Active safety features include vehicle stability assist, hill-start assist, and speed-sensing auto door locks.

Probably the best feature of the Honda City is its ability to pack a spacious interior within its compact footprint. The 2020 model is set to continue the tradition, with adequate legroom and reportedly above-average trunk space.

Appropriately, the 2020 City will be powered by an all-new 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder engine. Expected power is 121ps, with 145 Nm of torque. The engine will be mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission for the base model, or a CVT. The RS variant gets paddle shifters and a remote engine start system. Power steering is electrically assisted.

Expect the all-new City to start at below P850,000 for the base S with six-speed manual transmission. The S with CVT will still be below P900,000, while the range-topping RS CVT will be just above P1M. The good news is that the top variants will be priced even below their outgoing counterparts, despite the added features and all-new exterior and interior amenities. If the all-new City can climb back to the top spot of the subcompact class, that would be quite the 30th birthday gift for Honda Cars Philippines.

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