We're coming towards the end of 2020, but Honda isn't winding down the year just yet. In about one week, the Japanese automaker is ready to roll out another all-new car. By November 24, the City Hatchback will be making its comeback.
Why did we say 'bring back'? That's because it's the first time the City gets a hatchback body style after 26 years. You could even say that the upcoming car will be the third-generation City hatchback. So, what can we expect?
Given the accuracy of patent images in recent times, the production model could look much like the leaked photos from way back in February. If that's the case, the headlights, grille, and front bumper will 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. There's even a patent photo of the rear, showing slim, wraparound taillights, an integrated tailgate spoiler, and rounded off bumpers.
As for the interior, it might be the same as the sedan, at least for the dashboard. We're also expecting the same features from the sedan to make their way to the five-door. There might be a few changes to the rear door panels since the design is different from its four-door counterpart. That said, it would be nice if Honda adds the ULT rear seats from Jazz to the City Hatchback.
Engines are also likely sourced from the City Sedan. At the moment, there are four powertrain options. These include a turbocharged 1.0-liter, a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter, a 1.5-liter turbodiesel, and a 1.5-liter hybrid. Thailand and select markets could get the turbo 1.0-liter and the hybrid, while the rest stick with the 1.5-liter. As for the 1.5-liter diesel, it could be for India only.
With the launch date confirmed, Honda is right on schedule with its new car launches. The information we received back in February said production of the City Hatchback begins in the fourth quarter of 2020. That report also said exports start by the first half of 2021. But does this mean we won't get the Jazz anymore? By the looks of things, that could be a reality. After all, the hatch will roll off Honda's Ayutthaya assembly line, which is also where the sedans are built. Should it make its way here, we'd like to have one with a six-speed manual.