It will be a while before the all-new Honda City arrives here in the Philippines. But the good news is that just like the current model, it will be a safe and secure vehicle for future customers.
Recently, the ASEAN NCAP awarded Honda's new B-segment fighter with a perfect five-star safety rating after achieving an overall score of 86.54 points out of 100. It received 44.83 points in Adult Occupancy Protection (AOP), 22.82 points in Child Occupant Protection (COP), as well as 18.89 points in Safety Assist Technologies (SAT).
In the AOP frontal impact test, the City was able to provide good protection for the driver and front passenger's head, chest, and upper legs. The lower legs, however, only received adequate protection. As for the side impact test, both the head and the chest of the driver and front passenger were well-protected from the crash test.
Over to COP, the Honda City achieved a perfect score in both the frontal and side-impact protection tests. Both tests involved the use of an 18-month old dummy as well as a three-year-old test dummy, both of which were placed in a child seat.
For SAT, the ASEAN NCAP praised the City for having a blind spot monitoring system available on higher-grade models. With it, motorcyclists, as well as other vehicles can be easily detected thanks to the blind spot monitoring feature. Under the ASEAN NCAP's 2017 – 2020 testing protocol, having a blind spot monitoring system gives a car a better chance of avoiding potential accidents on the road.
The model they tested was a top-of-the-line Thai-spec model that comes equipped with four airbags, a seatbelt reminder system for both the driver and front passenger, as well as electronic stability control which is available across all variants in The Land of Smiles. It also has anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and an emergency stop signal system.
While Honda has yet to reveal the other spec variants of the City that will be offered in other ASEAN countries, we won't be surprised if it will have the same level of features as the ones in Thailand, including the Philippines. But with Honda's Santa Rosa factory now closed, Honda Cars Philippines Inc. will source the all-new City from Thailand.
As to when the five-star 2020 Honda City will arrive in the country, all we can do now is patiently wait until it officially arrives in the country soon.