It's been months since we first saw spy shots and patent images of the Honda City Hatchback. But the long wait is over, as the Japanese automaker has pulled the wraps off the five-door City. It's effectively the successor to the Jazz in select markets, which could include the Philippines.
But before we dive deeper into that, what does the City Hatchback look like in real life? Perhaps unsurprisingly, the headlights, grille, and front bumper resemble the City sedan. However, from the central pillars to the back, it's a different car. The rear doors are unique to this body style, and there's a longer roof. You won't mistake it for the four-door from the rear, as it has slim, wraparound taillights, an integrated tailgate spoiler, and rounded off bumpers.
Inside, it also resembles the sedan's design. From the dashboard, all the way to the front door panels, it's largely lifted from its four-door counterpart. But Honda didn't just chop off the trunk and call it a day. That's because the back seats and the floor have been re-engineered for added practicality. Like the Jazz, the City Hatchback comes with flexible ULTR seats. That means you can flip the seat bottoms up and fold the backrests flat.
In terms of infotainment, most models come standard with an eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth with two USB ports. All variants get a comprehensive multi-information display, push-to-start button, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and seat height adjusters.
For the Thailand market, the only engine available is a turbocharged 1.0-liter with three cylinders. The boosted three-pot engine produces 122 PS and 173 Nm of torque. That engine can be paired to a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission.
A naturally aspirated 1.5-liter, a 1.5-liter turbodiesel, and a 1.5-liter hybrid are likely to be offered outside Thailand. Should it land here in the Philippines, it may come with the non-turbocharged 1.5-liter, the same one used in the current City sedan. The hybrid could be offered in countries like Malaysia, while the 1.5-liter diesel might be for India only.
There is a strong possibility of the City Hatchback taking over the Jazz's role in the country. As it stands, the all-new Jazz isn't assembled in Honda's Ayutthaya factory. On the other hand, the City Hatchback is built alongside the sedan over there. That means this model will likely replace the Jazz in the entire region, the Philippines included.