2024 Honda City refresh makes ASEAN debut in Thailand

Last week, Honda Cars PH announced they will be launching the refreshed City on July 13, 2023. Even before the automaker actually reveals it, they have already shared some juicy information about the facelifted B-segment sedan.

For starters, it will be available in four distinct variants, the price range is PHP 975,000 to PHP 1.130 million, it will have wireless Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, a more stylish exterior, and last but not least, Honda Sensing across all variants for extra peace of mind while on the road.

Clearly, Honda Cars PH has got the motoring public’s appetite going. And with the launch set to happen next week, those planning to get one will have to wait several more days. But before it makes its local debut in the Philippines, the 2024 Honda City's regional debut happens in Thailand first.

Thailand gets first dibs on 2024 Honda City before PH image

Say hello to the 2024 Honda City. This is our best look at the facelifted B-segment sedan prior to the local reveal next week. Sporting subtle changes and revisions inside and out, the four-door receives a fresh new look while also getting some key upgrades.

Starting with the front fascia, the top-of-the-line RS gets a slightly tweaked honeycomb grille along with a restyled front bumper. It also continues to come with side skirts, a rear diffuser, and a black ducktail spoiler. Not exactly the most obvious of updates, but the lesser variants do get a more noticeable makeover.

Thailand gets first dibs on 2024 Honda City before PH image

The non-RS models get a new multi-slat grille finished in black while the chrome bar is now smaller than before. Meanwhile, the rear bumper received minor restyling as the rear vertical reflectors have been changed for horizontal units placed near the bottom section of the bumper. Depending on the variant chosen, the 2024 City can come with 15- or 16-inch alloy wheels.

Moving inside, the changes to the cabin are far more subtle than the exterior. However, we did notice that certain variants get the new part-digital, part analog gauges as the HR-V and Civic. It gets a helping hand from a 4.2-inch multi-info display that can also double as the tachometer. More than likely, we can see this new feature make its way to the PH-spec City next week.

Thailand gets first dibs on 2024 Honda City before PH image

As before, there’s an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment available. But for the 2024 model year update, Honda has given it wireless connectivity for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. This means users will no longer have to worry about forgetting their data cable when driving the City.

Under the hood, the Thai-spec City will be available with two engine choices. The first one is the 1.0-liter three-cylinder VTEC Turbo that puts out 122 PS and 173 Nm of torque. Next is the e:HEV hybrid model that consists of a 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated inline-four and an electric motor. It makes a total system output of 109 PS and 253 Nm of torque. Both powertrains are connected to a CVT.

Thailand gets first dibs on 2024 Honda City before PH image

For the PH-spec 2024 City, Honda Cars PH has already announced that we will continue to get the 1.5-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder with i-VTEC.

Like the 2024 City the Philippine market will soon get, the Thai-spec models will now come with Honda Sensing across the range. That means intelligent driver aids like collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, road departure mitigation, auto high beams, lane-keeping assist, and lead car departure notification will be available in the 2024 City.

With Thailand getting the 2024 City in Southeast Asia first, the Philippines will be next in line to receive the refreshed and more high-tech B-segment sedan. Do you think it will be as stylish and feature-packed as the ones in Thailand? Let us know in the comments.