Honda City hatchback has made its global debut in Thailand market. Yes, you heard it right!! Honda City is now all set to be offered in a noticeably different form factor with Honda City Hatchback recently being unveiled for the Thailand market.
It is reported that this hatchback version of the very popular sedan Honda City will be sold in several ASEAN markets. The Japanese car maker is banking on both its changed looks and plethora of engine options to help connect with prospective customers.
Let’s look at the first look as presented by Moter World
Honda City Hatchback – Key Highlights:
- The City hatchback is 200mm shorter and has a wheelbase of only 11mm
- City Hatchback comes with Magic Seats: flexible seats to alter the layout to make more space
- The layout and features list of this car remains unchanged from that of the Honda City sedan
- It will be powered by a standalone 122PS 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine with a 7-step CVT
Honda City Hatchback – Features:
The City Hatchback shares several common features with the latest generation of City sedan like the grille, head lamp, bonnet lay out, bumper and fog lamps. Since the rear is different, it is the C-Pillar section of the hatchback where the difference crops up. The tail lights, spoiler and bumper have been completely re-designed to give this car its hatchback credentials. It sits on 16-inch alloy wheels and has all LED lights on the outside.
Talking about the inside, the hatchback version introduced in the Thailand market gets an eight-inch touchscreen display which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, multiple parking cameras, eight-speaker audio system, among other feature highlights.
Safety features are highlighted by six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist, Hilll Start Assist and speed-sensing auto door locks.
Honda City Hatchback – Engine:
The Honda City Hatchback is powered by a 1-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine which makes around 122 bhp of power. There is also 173 Nm of torque on offer. A six-speed CVT is likely to be the preferred choice although a six-speed manual transmission unit is available as well.
The City Hatchback will be offered in 1.0 TURBO S+, 1.0 TURBO SV and 1.0 TURBO RS. variants.
The rumour is that Honda City hatchback would replace Honda Jazz in several markets in Asia. However, there is no word yet on whether the City Hatchback will come to Indian market where the fifth-generation City sedan was launched recently. The sedan in India is a veteran war horse and has done decent business despite the challenges that the segment faces as a whole.