2021 Honda City Hatchback unveiled, comes with a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo engine.
The next-generation Honda Jazz will not be sold in any South-East Asian markets because of the ASEAN trade bloc (current Jazz is made in Japan) - instead, we will probably be getting this, the newly launched 2021 Honda City hatchback which is manufactured in Thailand.
Unveiled today in Thailand, the Honda City hatchback follows the same formula of the Toyota Vios/Yaris concept. It's bigger than the current generation Honda Jazz as well as the incoming Jazz.
The headlights, grille and front bumper unsurprisingly look the same as the City sedan, however, the exterior similarities end there. From the central pillars to the back, it has no resemblance to its sibling. The rear doors are unique to it, and the roof is longer. The taillights are also new and to add to its fresh rear look is an integrated tailgate spoiler, and rounded off bumpers.
On the front part of the inside, it's all familiar and pretty much carried forward from the City sedan. The dashboard, all the way to the front door panels are the same. But Honda is not lazy, just clever about things which is why the rear seats and the floor have been re-engineered for added practicality. The 2021 Honda City hatchback will come with the Jazz's much loved ULTRA seats which means you can turn the hatchback into a cargo-carrying monster by flipping the seat bottoms up and folding the backrests flat.
The recently unveiled car which made its debut in Thailand for the Thai market comes with a turbocharged 1.0-liter three cylinder engine which has an output of 122 PS and 173 Nm of torque. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission but a six-speed manual option is also available.
A naturally aspirated 1.5-litre, and 1.5-litre hybrid could also possibly be on the cards for different markets, and since the Malaysian Honda City sedan comes with those two engines, we'll probably get those when it comes.
Photos not doing it much justice? Here is a video of the irresistible 2021 Honda City hatchback.
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