IAB Report – Malaysian Honda City gets VSA, side airbags, touchscreen, 16-inch wheels unavailable to India

Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 - 11:44am IST

Honda has previewed the fourth-generation City sedan in Malaysia at a select media gathering this week. The car’s set to be launched in mid March.

As of now, four variants are planned, with the S, S+, E and the top-end V. The sedan gets the same 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine that is found in the Indian model, making 120 hp and 145 Nm. There is no diesel engine for Malaysia.

2014 Honda City front three quarter press shot
The fourth-generation Honda City will be launched in Malaysia in mid-March.

Just like in the Indian version, the City in Malaysia gets a new CVT gearbox in place of the old five-speed automatic.

However there are some features that are available to Malaysian customers, absent on the Indian specification. These include side airbags and curtain airbags, six in total, in the top-end model. The Indian model gets dual front airbags even on the top-spec variant.

There’s also a Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) that Honda doesn’t provide in India. The top two Malaysian variants will get the VSA, while only the top-end V model will get the six airbags, 16-inch wheels (India gets 15-inch wheels) and VSA.

Honda City touchscreen press shot
The Malaysian Honda City gets a 7-inch touchscreen not present in the Indian City.

Honda has also introduced a larger touchscreen system measuring seven-inches wide. The Indian version has a five-inch and isn’t touch responsive. A new ‘Brilliant Sporty Blue’ shade, a multi-angle rear view camera and Hill Start Assist are features provided on the Thai-made City that the Malaysian media anticipates to be offered in their market.

See our full coverage on the Honda City

Honda is conducting a preview of the fourth-generation City sedan in Malaysia in 6 malls across the country in 6 cities between 21st February and 12th March, and has also begun taking bookings.

Honda previews City in Malaysia – Press release

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6 thoughts on “IAB Report – Malaysian Honda City gets VSA, side airbags, touchscreen, 16-inch wheels unavailable to India

  1. miss rain says:

    I just got my city 2014 n very happy bout the features..design..space etc… the old ones I never feel interested dunno why..maybe the design so copycat..imho…so far I just can say..I am happy to drive my new city..driving honda is never an issue to me..smooth n noiseless..plus the new ones esp v complete with airbags for safety;)

  2. prolever says:

    Same for Toyota. new Vios in malaysia cost almost 80k MYR but only get dual airbag and abs. what a phony. At least 1 car maker in malaysis try to give their best in safety for malaysia. A Proton Preve cost around 58k manual, 65k auto and 71k for auto turbo, but the price include all the tit bits new car have. All across model now have 6 airbags, traction control and ESP as standard. well, say no more about abs,ebd, bebd. that the 2010 tech.
    Pity for malaysian, they only pay honda and toyota just because of the brand.

  3. Bhargava says:

    Touch screens and gadgets are excusable, but cutting-off the safety equipment for the Indian market is inexcusable.

    I guess it all boils down to the Indian government and it’s poor automobile safety regulations.

  4. Chip Planter says:

    Honda!!!! why the step brotherly treatment to Indian customers??? Don’t we deserve the best ??? Please re-look on how your products are packaged in future. You have removed the safety components just because our Indian bureaucrats don’t think it is necessary. You are a company that protects the family and the Environment first please set an example for others.

    1. tariq says:

      Honda in India is Honda in India is just trying to sell their brand name and not top quality products. For instance I own a 2014 new gen diesel Honda city and I can clearly say that the build quality especially the fit and finish is below average. The car has got loosely fitted plastic components (like dashboard panels, noise dampers in bonnet, fuse boxes etc ) which makes small rattling noise but the car is for just 3 weeks older am sure this car will be a rattling king in future ? ..I was never expected this from Honda especially from City as it received JD power award for 10 consecutive year, and on the positive note I am happy with the mileage and ride quality of the car ?just

      1. Ejaz says:

        I got the Honda City 2014 Petrol, and it’s working well Insha-Allah. The diesel had noise insulation problems even in review, so wonder why you got it? I am very happy with the ride quality of Petrol Variant (VMT), and yes better safety features would obviously be appreciated. The cabin interiors seem fine though.

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