The 2018 Honda City is now available as a hybrid over in Malaysia. Powered by the brand's new Sport Hybrid i-DCD system, the B-segment hybrid is nearly as powerful as a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated engine but is more economical.
Driving the 2018 City Hybrid is a unique 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC inline-four that is helped along by an electric motor. The engine produces 110 PS with 134 Nm of torque while the motor puts out 30 PS and 160 Nm. In total, the City Hybrid has a combined system output of 137 PS and 170 Nm of torque.
As the name implies, the City Hybrid comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Housed within the gearbox is an integrated electric motor, a lithium-ion hybrid battery and an electric-powered compressor.
According to Honda, the new hybrid is capable of averaging 25.6 km/l while still delivering performance similar to a 1.8-liter engine. In fact, the Civic's naturally aspirated R18Z1 produces 141 PS and 174 Nm of torque.
As far as the exterior is concerned, the City Hybrid pretty much looks the same as the standard variant. It gets stylish 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights (DRLs), chrome door handles and power folding side mirrors.
Inside, the hybrid comes equipped with leather upholstery, touchscreen infotainment with navigation, paddle shifters, rear aircon vents and a rear armrest with cupholders. Unique only to the City Hybrid are its special instrument panel and hybrid-type gear shifter.
So far, Malaysia is the only country to receive the City Hybrid aside from its home market of Japan.