Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) has officially launched the New City and the New Brio last July 13, 2023 at the Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall. Friends and partners from the media, bank and insurance, dealers, and Honda car clubs, attended the launch program and the opening of the four-day event that introduced the refreshed version of two of the best-selling Honda models in the country. The event was simultaneously streamed via HCPI’s official Facebook page.
THE NEW CITY
With its elevated safety and advanced features, exterior that is both elegant and sporty, spacious and premium interior, powerful and fuel-efficient driving performance, and the inclusion of the Honda SENSING as standard in all variants, the New City will “Elevate Your Drive” through its refreshed look, additional color options, and a new variant to cater to a wider audience.
ELEGANT & SPORTY EXTERIOR
Exterior-wise, the New City gets even more sporty and stylish with its newly crafted RS design Front Grille with RS Emblem (RS) and new Front and Rear Bumper with carbon-wrapped lower molding (RS) that gives the vehicle a sleeker, wider look, commanding strong presence on the road. For safer and improved driver visibility, the LED Daytime Running Lights and Fog Lights (LED for RS and Halogen for V) are available across all variants, while LED Headlights are on the RS, and the others have Halogen Projector Headlights. All these are supported by Headlight Auto On/Off function with Auto Off Timer 15 seconds after engine turns off—standard across all variants.
On the side, the New City still highlights its sharp horizontal character lines that give the vehicle its sporty attitude while exuding elegance. The model maintains its Power Adjustable Door Mirrors across all variants, and Power Folding Door Mirrors with Integrated Side Turn Signal Lights (RS and V). The new Side Sill Garnish, exclusive in the RS, gives the sedan a wider stance and sportier look. The model also boasts of newly designed sporty 16-inch Alloy wheels (Black Cut for RS and Silver Cut for V), while S and E variants get the 15-inch wheels (Silver Paint Alloy for S and Steel with Cover for E).
At the back, the refreshed City presents a newly designed rear bumper with a sporty carbon-wrapped diffuser. It also maintained its LED tail lights and LED High-Mount Stop Lamp, including the High Gloss Black-colored Trunk Spoiler (RS) – all for an enhanced sporty style.
TOP-NOTCH SPACIOUS & COMFORTABLE INTERIOR
On the inside, the New City emphasizes a plush, premium, functional, and spacious cabin for all-around comfort for both driver and passengers. The 5th generation City also continues to have better visibility, thanks to its update in the windshield shape that minimizes blind spots. This makes it easier for drivers to maneuver and have a safer and more comfortable drive.
For better comfort and appearance, the RS now gets full leather seats with new design and Sport Pedals. Its interior accents also sport new designs with Dark Red Front Panel Garnish & High Gloss Black Interior Accents for the RS, and High Gloss Black Front Panel Garnish & Silver Interior Accents for the V. Its wide cabin also offers more legroom and shoulder space for a comfortable ride.
The New City is now equipped with new 4.2 Full Color TFT Meter with Red Ambient Light Instrument Cluster (RS), and 4.2 Full Color TFT Meter with White & Green Ambient Light for the rest of the variants. For added driving convenience, 8” Advanced Touchscreen Display Audio (RS, V, and S) now comes with improved LCD display and better reverse camera resolution, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now made wireless for RS, V, and S.
CLASS-LEADING POWERFUL DRIVING PERFORMANCE
Powering the New City is the tried-and-tested 1.5L DOHC i-VTEC engine mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) to deliver high fuel efficiency, lower emissions, and fun-to-drive performance. It remains to be the most powerful engine in its segment with a maximum output of 121 PS and 145 Nm of torque.
Notably, the New City achieved fuel economy ratings of 22.2 kilometers per liter for all variants based on the latest UN-R101 Fuel Economy Testing for highway driving conditions. The test was conducted under a controlled environment in Tochigi, Japan.
ELEVATED SAFETY AND ADVANCED FEATURES
In line with Honda’s global goal of realizing zero traffic collision fatalities by 2050, all variants of the New Honda City now comes with Honda SENSING – an advanced driver-assist safety technology with features that provide comprehensive protection by giving warnings and automatically taking action to reduce the risk of accidents.
Honda SENSING safety features include:
- Lead Car Departure Notification System (LCDN)
- Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
- Road Departure Mitigation System with Lane Departure Warning (RDM with LDW)
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
- Auto-High Beam (AHB)
In terms of other safety features, the New City sports 4-standard airbags for all grades, and additional Side Curtain Airbags for the RS. Furthermore, the New City maintained all its top-notch advanced safety features, even further adding the new Rear Seat Reminder and new Walk Away Auto Door Lock (RS and V variants). The New City has been awarded a 5-star rating in the latest ASEAN NCAP testing (New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asia). This demonstrates Honda’s commitment to safety for everyone sharing the road, so that we may truly enjoy the freedom of mobility and have peace of mind whenever we use our vehicles.
HONDA GENUINE ACCESSORIES FOR THE NEW CITY
Customers who would like to personalize or upgrade after purchasing their New Honda City may avail of the following Honda Genuine Accessories: Front Accent Garnish, LED Fog Lights (for S and E variants), Trunk Tray, and Door Visor. Also available are 16x6J Alloy Wheel, Front Under Spoiler, Side Under Spoiler, Trunk Spoiler (Wing), and Rear Under Spoiler, all developed under Honda’s Modulo brand. Customers have the option to purchase these accessories individually or as a package for additional savings.
VARIANTS, PRICING, AND COLORS
A new variant joins the City lineup – with the addition of the 1.5 E CVT Honda SENSING, advanced safety is now more accessible for more customers to enjoy. The New City will be available in four (4) variants with the following Suggested Retail Prices and Colors:
Variants and Suggested Retail Prices:
|Variants||Suggested Retail Prices|
|1.5 E CVT Honda SENSING – New Variant||PHP 973,000|
|1.5 S CVT Honda SENSING||PHP 998,000|
|1.5 V CVT Honda SENSING||PHP 1,073,000|
|1.5 RS CVT Honda SENSING||PHP 1,128,000|
- Ignite Red Metallic (RS CVT, V CVT and S CVT)
- Obsidian Blue Pearl (New color; RS CVT and V CVT)
- Platinum White Pearl (RS CVT and V CVT) *
- Taffeta White (S CVT and E CVT)
- Lunar Silver Metallic (S CVT and E CVT)
- Meteoroid Gray Metallic (all variants)
*Platinum White Pearl– Additional PHP 20,000
THE NEW BRIO
The Brio, introduced in the Philippine market in 2014, has captured the hearts of over 30,000 customers to date. With its strong following and numerous awards, the Brio stands out in its segment with its sporty small hatchback design, powerful and fuel-efficient engine, advanced features, and superior ride comfort. Now on its second generation, this best-selling model gets more enhancements to cater to the diverse needs of first-time or alternative car buyers who want style, comfort, and performance, without compromising on exceptional value and long-term reliability.
Exterior-wise and up front, the New Honda Brio is now made even more stylish, thanks to its newly designed Piano Black RS Design Front Grille that features a new design pattern with bigger grille opening. This is complemented with Headlights (RS), newly updated Fog Lights and newly designed Fog Light Garnish (RS), and Day Time Running Lights (RS and V variants) – now all LED for both form and function.
On the side, Crystal Black Door Mirrors with Power Folding and Adjustable feature and RS Design Side Sill Lower Garnish (RS) are available for drivers to comfortably adjust their mirrors according to their preferred angle.
At the back, the New Brio features a Tailgate Spoiler and RS Design Rear Bumper Lower Garnish and Tail Lights in the RS variants.
The New Brio sits on updated 14-inch Alloy Wheels (V), 14-inch Steel with Cover Wheels (S), and 15-inch RS Design Alloy Wheels (RS), offering a dynamic design for a sleek and sporty stance.
On the inside, Honda’s A-segment hatchback player now features Black Fabric Seats with Red Accents for both RS variants, for a sportier and premium feel. Convenience is made better by Speed Sensing Auto Door Locks (RS, and V) and Power Windows with Auto Up/Down for driver window features available across all variants.
As in-car entertainment, the New Brio is equipped with 7-inch Capacitive Touchscreen Audio across all variants, even more user-friendly with the new Audio Controls with Illumination in the RS and V. For an enhanced experience, connectivity for the RS Black Top, RS, and V variants is easy with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB Port, AM/FM, Android Smartphone Mirroring, with 6-speaker audio set up inclusive of additional two tweeters for the RS variants, and 4-speaker audio set up for V and S for an exhilarating audio experience.
The New Brio maintained its 1.2 Liter 4-cylinder SOHC i-VTEC engine that produces a maximum power of 90 ps at 6,000 rpm and 119N-m of torque at 4,800 rpm, mated to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The engine and transmission combined provide a smooth, powerful acceleration for its class, and optimum fuel economy for Honda’s small hatchback. For those who prefer driving a Manual Transmission, a 5-Speed Manual Transmission option will be available in the 1.2 S MT Variant.
SAFETY AND ADVANCED FEATURES
In terms of safety, the New Brio is equipped with above-class active and passive vehicle safety features. Honda’s G-CON technology enhances impact absorption for added protection of passengers in the event of a collision. All variants of the New Brio still gets Drive and Front Passenger Airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-Force Distribution as standard, while Rear Parking Sensors are now available across all variants for better safety and convenience.
VARIANTS, PRICING, AND COLORS
The New Honda Brio will be available in four (4) variants with the following Suggested Retail Prices and Colors:
Variants and Suggested Retail Prices:
|Variants||Suggested Retail Prices|
|1.2 S MT||PHP 735,000|
|1.2 V CVT||PHP 827,000|
|1.2 RS CVT||PHP 853,000|
|1.2 RS Black Top CVT||PHP 863,000|
- Stellar Diamond Pearl (new color; RS Black Top CVT and RS CVT)
- Electric Lime Metallic (new color; RS Black Top CVT and V CVT)
- Phoenix Orange Pearl (RS Black Top CVT)
- Rallye Red (V CVT)
- Meteoroid Gray Metallic (RS CVT, V CVT, and S MT)
- Taffeta White (V CVT and S MT)
*Stellar Diamond Pearl – Additional PHP 20,000
With the prescribed periodic maintenance service (PMS) twice a year every six months, or 10,000 kilometers, whichever comes first, maintaining a Honda is much more convenient and reasonable than the quarterly PMS required by most brands. Likewise, this is made easier with the 37 authorized Honda dealerships nationwide where customers can be guaranteed of skilled and dedicated Honda Service Advisors and Associates, genuine parts and accessories, and the latest vehicle diagnosis and repair equipment. Customers are also offered online tools to better prepare for their vehicle’s PMS. They can learn more about the maintenance schedule such as the estimated cost of visits, parts checking, and replacement guide via HCPI’s website at www.hondaphil.com/maintenance.
“We look forward to serving more customers with the New Honda City and the New Honda Brio. These new models demonstrate Honda’s dedication to providing more joy to customers through the advanced safety and innovative features they come with. Over the years, customers have come to appreciate the exceptional value and fuel efficiency of both models, allowing extra driving distance while minimizing environmental impact. Surpassing mere essentials, these best-selling models provide an enhanced driving experience with above-class engine power and features, premium interior comfort and space, in their distinct classy and sporty styles. Honda will always be dedicated to giving more joy and confidence to customers through our products such as the new Honda City and new Honda Brio” said Rie Miyake, President of HCPI.
Elevate your Drive and Bring It On with the New Honda City and the New Honda Brio. Please visit HCPI’s VIRTUAL SHOWROOM at www.hondaphil.com for more information