Honda sure made a lot of noise during the final stretch of 2020. We say a host of all-new and updated models, which includes the first City Hatchback in over 20 years. But the Japanese automaker wants to keep the buzz going, and they're doing that by giving their newest five-door the Modulo treatment.
Perhaps this doesn't come as a surprise since the sedan has a Modulo kit available. But how did Honda go about spicing up the look of the hatchback? Well, for the most part, the kit looks much like the one in the four-door. The front chin and side skirts appear similar, but the rest of the appearance package is unique to the hatch.
Yes, the wheels look the same, but Honda added a red highlight to one of each spoke, but customers can opt for a blue stripe as well. Then there's the rear part, which shares nothing with the sedan. The corner extension gives the subcompact hatch a lower look, while the extended tailgate spoiler makes it appear lower to the ground than the standard version. Like the sedan, window visors are available, although the ones for the back are unique to this model because of the different shape of the rear doors.
As it is a cosmetic package, there are no upgrades made to the engine. Still, it's 1.0-liter, three-cylinder turbo mill is good for 122 PS and 173 Nm of torque. That said, we wish the City Hatchback came with a six-speed manual. The only gearbox available for the five-door model is a continuously variable transmission. If you want three pedals, you should get the sedan.
Should it land in the Philippines, we're more likely to get the 1.5-liter engine that's already seeing service in the local-spec sedan. But regardless of what's under the hood, we can expect the Modulo kit for this model if Honda Cars Philippines Inc. decides to bring in the City Hatchback in the country. Besides, the Modulo package is already available for the all-new City Sedan.