The Honda Jazz is dead, long live the Honda City hatchback. Coming from the launch of the all-new Honda City last October 2020, its hatchback sibling will make its debut soon in less than a week away.
With the Honda Jazz and its cutesy styling now limited to Japan, Europe, and China, the all-new City hatchback’s more masculine and aggressive styling seems to better fit the tastes of consumers everywhere else in the world.
As expected, the City hatchback’s styling is basically the same. It’s only when you go further back from the B-pillars where the City hatch starts to look unique. The City hatchback has a longer roof and different rear doors, and then the rear fascia is slightly different, featuring slimmer LED taillights and more rounded rear bumpers.
The interior of the City hatchback remains largely the same as the sedan. The only minor difference is the addition the ULTR seats, which is what made the Jazz so popular in the first place. This lets owners flip up the seat bases or completely fold the rear seats flat to carry long items.
Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. has not yet revealed what kind of features the Philippine-market City hatch will have or what engine will power it. Rumor has it that based on a dealer post now spreading across social media, the Honda City hatchback will finally get a 1.0-liter inline-3 VTEC Turbo gasoline engine that produces 120 hp and 173 Nm of torque. If proven true, this will make the City hatchback the first car in its segment since the Ford Fiesta EcoBoost to feature a turbo engine.
We also won’t be surprised if the City hatch will still be powered by the City sedan’s new non-turbo DOHC i-VTEC gasoline engine that produces 121 hp and 148 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to the front wheels via a CVT.
With less than a week away from launch, be sure to stay tuned to Go Flat Out PH to be updated about the all-new Honda City hatchback.
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