Honda City Hatchback breaks cover, sports a stylish design language
Honda City is now all set to be offered in a noticeably different form factor withe Honda City Hatchback recently being unveiled for the market in Thailand. It is reported that the hatchback version of the very popular sedan will be sold in several ASEAN markets and the Japanese car maker is banking on both its changed looks and plethora of engine options to help connect with prospective customers.
Honda City Hatchback has several common points with the latest generation of City sedan with both sharing the grille, head lamp, bonnet lay out, bumper and fog lamps. It is when one gets to the C-Pillar section that the difference crops up. This is because the rear of this car is completely different from the sedan version of City. The tail lights, spoiler and bumper have been completely re-designed to give this car its hatchback credentials. It sits on 16-inch alloy wheels and all the lights on the outside are LEDs.
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On the inside, the hatchback version introduced in the Thailand market gets an eight-inch touchscreen display which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, multiple parking cameras, eight-speaker audio system, among other feature highlights. Safety features are highlighted by six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist, Hilll Start Assist and speed-sensing auto door locks.
The Honda City Hatchback is powered by a 1-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine which makes around 120 bhp of power. There is also 173 Nm of torque on offer. A six-speed CVT is likely to be the preferred choice although a six-speed manual transmission unit is also available.
The City Hatchback will be offered in 1.0 TURBO S+, 1.0 TURBO SV and 1.0 TURBO RS. variants.
There is no word yet on whether the City Hatchback will come to Indian shores as the fifth-generation City sedan was only launched recently here. The sedan is a veteran war horse and has done decent business in India despite the challenges that the segment faces as a whole.