2021 Honda City Hatchback: Everything we know so far

2021 Honda City Hatchback: Everything we know so far

Honda introduced the hatchback version of its highest selling sedan, the City, a couple of months back in Thailand. Soon after that, the reports have started coming that the shortened City will be soon making its way to the other South-Asian countries, including Indonesia and Malaysia. This implies that Honda would be following the trend set by Toyota in the local market; the automaker has the Vios sedan as well as its hatchback form, the Yaris on offer.

The reports also suggested that the upcoming hatchback will bid farewell to the Jazz nameplate in the country, as a wider product rationalization move by Honda. Going by these reports, we expect that Honda City Hatchback will be arriving this year in Malaysia. So, here we bring all the details we know so far about the model.

Honda City Hatchback front

Honda City Hatchback exterior 

In terms of exterior styling, the City Hatchback looks almost similar to the latest version of the sedan till the C-pillar and beyond that, it gets a well-incorporated hatch. It features the same front end comprising the identical grille, headlights, bonnet, and bumper. The styling continues down on the sides as well, where a character line runs above the car’s door handles and connects the front and back lighting clusters. Here, the roofline is longer to meet the roof spoiler positioned just above the boot lid with a steep rear window. Also, the hatchback has its own tail light and rear bumper design.

Honda City Hatchback side

Dimensionally, the hatchback measures 4,345 mm in length, 1,748 mm in width, 1,488 mm in height, and has a wheelbase of 2,589 mm. As compared to the sedan, the hatch is 208 mm shorter and 21 mm taller, however, the width and wheelbase of both models are identical.

Honda City Hatchback interior

Inside the cabin, the hatchback looks pretty much the same as the City sedan with the appointments like a big infotainment system, multi-function steering wheel, large air vents, and a central stack with AC controls, USB port, and a small storage box. It is likely to get a number of hi-tech goodies like automatic climate control, height-adjustable driver's seat, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto connectivity, keyless entry, and engine start, an idling stop system, cruise control, Honda Connect telematics, and a multi-angle rear-view camera.

Honda City Hatchback cabin

For upholstery, Honda is likely to offer fabric, leather, or suede/fabric/leather combination options. The hatch version features Ultra seats at the rear, which not only offer more legroom for the passengers but also more flexibility in seat and luggage configurations, viz. utility, long, tall, and refresh modes.

Honda City Hatchback seating layouts

Honda City Hatchback engine

The Thai-spec Honda City Hatchback is powered by a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-pot petrol engine capable of generating 122 PS of maximum power and 173 Nm of peak torque. For sending power to the front wheels, the turbocharged mill is paired with a CVT-type automatic transmission. 

City hatchback engin

Well, for the local market, Honda is likely to bring the City Hatchback with the engine available under the bonnet of the sedan. That’s a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder gasoline unit churning out 121 PS and 145 Nm. For transmission, we can expect a CVT gearbox. Besides this configuration, the CIty RS  i-MMD powertrain could also be on the offer.

Honda City Hatchback safety

Considering the fact that the City Hatchback underpins most of its structural components with the sedan, it is highly likely to get the same safety features as well. The standard bits include 

  • Four airbags
  • Anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist
  • Vehicle stability assist
  • Hill start assist
  • Emergency stop signal
  • Reverse parking sensor
  • Rear-seat ISOFIX anchor points

City hatchback cabin

Apart from these, the higher trims are likely to get two additional airbags, Honda LaneWatch Camera and Honda Sensing advanced driver assists like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and auto high-beam.

Honda City Hatchback price

At this moment, there is no clue about the Honda City Hatchback price in Malaysia, however, we can look at the neighboring market for a hint. In Thailand, the pricing of the three-variant lineup starts at 599,000 baht (RM 80,776) and goes all the way to 749,000 baht (RM 101,011).

Summing up

The City Hatchback will be Honda’s significant launch in the Malaysian market this year, which seems to give a good run of money to the hatchbacks available in the country.

Also read: New Honda HR-V debut slated for next month

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