Honda has just introduced a new variant of their top-selling sedan, the City. It's a new entry-level model to be exact. Dubbed the 1.5 S, it's the most affordable City you can buy with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
It slots below the City 1.5 E, bumping up that particular model grade as a mid-spec variant. The City 1.5 S sheds some of the exterior trinkets seen in the 1.5 E. It loses the fog lights and the alloy wheels are replaced by steel rims with wheel covers, just like the ones used in the base City with a manual transmission. It does, however, still retain LED daytime running lights that are integrated into its headlights.
Inside, it's mostly the same as the City 1.5 E apart from one key difference. That would be the audio system. There's no touchscreen in here, but the 1-DIN stereo does still have USB and Aux-in connectivity. Also standard are seat height adjusters for the driver, Eco mode with Eco coaching, dual airbags, and anti-lock brakes, just like its 1.5 E counterpart.
Like all City models, this spec uses the familiar 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine that makes 120 PS and 145 Nm of torque. That gives it the power advantage over similarly-priced variants of its subcompact rivals as this engine is the most powerful gas-fed mill in its class.
Price? It starts at Php 820,000, and it's now available in all Honda dealerships nationwide.
What about the next-generation City, you ask? Well, we'll might have to wait a little bit longer for that.