Not a Jazz: The 2020 Honda City hatchback could look like this

Updated Oct 18, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The production version will bear a different name.

Honda officially launched 2020 Honda City in Thailand late last year, boasting a revised exterior design, new features, and upgraded engines. 

Not long after, patent images of its hatchback sibling were leaked online as grayscale CAD drawings. Indian Autos Blog has taken these drawings and transformed them into full-color renders to give us an idea of what the Honda City hatchback could look like.

honda city hatchback render

Digital render of the Honda City hatchback, based on leaked patent images (Source: Indian Autos Blog)

Ditching the trunk, the upcoming variant sports a 2-box design. Everything is pretty much the same as the Honda City sedan version up until the B-pillar. Past the driver’s seat however, the hatchback takes on design elements from the fifth-generation Honda CR-V, especially the rear quarter windows and C-pillar.   

The interior will likely be the same as the sedan’s, offering an ergonomic layout with premium functions such as a multi-information driver display, 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and automatic climate control. The only expected difference is a slightly different color palette.

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The latest Honda City launched last year included an RS variant

A couple of engine options are also likely: a 1.0L turbocharged VTEC mated to a CVT, and 1.5L naturally-aspirated version working in concert with either a CVT or a manual transmission.

The new variant will be known by a different name on its public launch, and will be competing with the likes of the Hyundai i30 in ASEAN and Latin American markets.     

As of this writing, Honda has yet to announce when the new model will be revealed. With the size and styling similarities to another Honda hatchback, would you go for this, or the Honda Jazz?

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Know more about Honda City 2023

Honda City

The City is Japanese subcompact car stalwart Honda's entry in the segment. Now on its fifth generation, Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is offering the City 2021 in four variants: RS CVT, V CVT, S CVT, and S MT. Honda City Price Philippines from Php 953,000 to Php 1,093,000. All variants come with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC gasoline engine which generates 119 hp and 145 Nm of torque. In addition, all variants come with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) except for the entry-level S variant that uses a six-speed manual gearbox instead. As for the dimensions, this small sedan has a length of 4,553 mm, a width of 1,748 mm, and a height of 1,467 mm. From the looks of it, this vehicle looks well suited to go up against its rivals in the subcompact sedan segment such as the Toyota Vios and Kia Soluto.

As compared to the outgoing model, the exterior of the latest release looks sharper and sportier. The new model comes with a sleeker design along with a revamped interior and updated in-cabin features. Upfront, the top-spec RS variant comes with full LED headlights, LED fog lamps, a more prominent fog light garnish, a glossy black mesh grille, and a sporty bumper. On the other hand, the non-RS City variants also come with a striking facia but it doesn’t have fog lamps. Also, non-RS trims are integrated with halogen projector headlamps. 


₱ 953,000 - ₱ 1,093,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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