2021 Honda City hatchback debuts in Thailand. Is the Philippines next?

Updated Nov 25, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Apart from the rear end, the City hatchback is nearly identical to its sedan brother

After reading a lot of online rumors about it, you’ll probably be excited to learn that Honda has finally launched the Honda City hatchback in Thailand.

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It uses the same platform as the current Philippine-spec and Thai-spec Honda City, and no, it doesn’t look anything like the new Jazz that’s currently available in Japan.

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Exterior

As hinted by the leaked patent images, the City hatchback pretty much bears the same overall exterior design as its sedan brother. The front fascia, as well as all the parts up to the B-pillar are the same as the sedan version. Being a hatch, however, the rear is a total departure to the design of the City.

A picture of the 2021 Honda City Hatch RS variant

The 2021 Honda City Hatchback Thai-spec RS Turbo variant

For starters, the rear tail lamps jut out further and looks totally different from the ones on the City sedan. The rear bumper also looks different, but there are similar elements like the pair of reflectors on its sides. It’s also a lot slanted than the sedan’s rear window, but the bumper is still very angular.

The Honda City Hatchback RS Turbo's tail lights

The Honda City Hatchback RS Turbo's taillights

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Just like the Honda City RS and the Thai-spec RS Turbo, the City hatch variant is equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED front fog lights, LED taillights, and LED daytime running lights. It also has a roof-mounted rear spoiler, as well as a shark-fin antenna up top.

And lastly, the new City hatch has a length of 4,345 mm, a width of 1,748 mm, a height of 1,488 mm. It is shorter than the City sedan by 208 mm, but it does share the same width and height.

Also, the City Hatchback RS Turbo is slightly longer than the lower-spec City hatch variants at 4,349 mm due to its beefier front fascia.

A picture of the side of the Honda City Hatchback

It bears the same design as the sedan version until you see the rear

Interior and Safety Features

As with the exterior, the interior arrangement looks similar to the Honda City. It can still comfortably fit five people, all the seats are clad in leather, and the dash still bears an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The largest difference however is that the rear compartment can now be accessed from the rear seats. It is, after all, a hatch. This provides an airier interior feel than the sedan. 

A picture of the interior of the Honda City Hatchback

Inside the City Hatchback, you'll find that it doesn't deviate much from the sedan version

We’re also certain that fitting in larger cargo on the trunk is now much easier with this body type. This is because when the rear seats are folded flat, it provides a slightly wider, contiguous flat surface than that of the sedan version. At the same time, the rear seats can also slide further backward to provide even more legroom.

As with the Philippine-spec Honda City RS and the Thai-spec RS Turbo, the City hatchback is equipped with stability control, traction control, speed-sensing door locks, hill start assist, a security alarm with engine immobilizer, ISOFIX, and six airbags.

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A picture of the rear of the Honda City hatch

The highlight of the Honda City Hatchback is its rear end

It also has cruise control, a push to start button, the Honda Smart key System, automatic air-conditioning with rear vents, telescopic and tilt-adjustable steering wheel, as well as a reverse camera.

Powertrain

For the version launched in Thailand, the City hatchback gets only one engine option. It’s the same turbocharged three-cylinder engine found on the City RS Turbo, and it can make up to 122 horsepower and 173 Nm of torque.

On that note, we’re expecting the City hatchback to get the 1.5-liter inline-4 mill found on the current PH-spec City. That is, if Honda Philippines decides to introduce the hatchback version locally.

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Price

The Honda City hatchbacks start from a higher price point than its sedan brother. This is because the entry-level City hatch variant has better specs in comparison to the entry-level Honda City sedan.

That said, the City hatchback’s base variant is called the City Hatchback S+ and it is priced in Thailand at 599,000 Baht. The top-of-the-line variant called the City RS Turbo Hatchback on the other hand sits at 749,000 Baht. Converted to Philippine pesos with the current exchange rate, the City hatchback has a price range of Php 950,794 to Php 1,188,889.

There's also a midrange variant called the City Hatchback SV priced at 675,000 Baht or Php 1,071,623.

A picture of the Honda City Hatchback

Do you want to see the Honda City Hatchback locally?

If Honda PH introduced the City hatchback locally, we’re guessing that it will mirror the specs of the 2021 Honda City available here. That said, its price might sit a bit lower compared to the Thai-spec versions due to its simpler naturally aspirated engine.

However, it still might come with a higher price tag than the locally available City just like in the Thai market.

As we’ve said before in our previous 2021 Honda Jazz article, there’s also the possibility that the City hatchback might replace the current Philippine-spec Jazz instead of the new Jazz/Fit currently available in the Japanese market. 

A picture of the Honda Hatchback's entry-level variant

The Honda City Hatchback S+ entry-level variant

Historically, several models of the Jazz prior to the current Japanese-spec Jazz/Fit were indeed based on the City, and that might happen once again for our market. For this to come true though, it all hinges on whether Honda Philippines will bring the City hatchback to the local market or not. 

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Know more about Honda City

Honda City

The entry of Honda Cars Philippines Inc. to the subcompact sedan segment is the City. Now on its fifth-generation model, the City comes with a sleeker exterior design along with a revamped interior and an updated in-cabin features. From the looks of it, this vehicle looks well suited to go up against its rivals in the subcompact sedan segment.  The exterior of the Honda City looks sleeker and sportier as compared to the outgoing model. The front end of this subcompact sedan shares a bit of similarity to its bigger sibling, the current Honda Civic. All variants of the new City look identical to one another except for the RS trim. The front end of the City RS 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. Moreover, non-RS trims are integrated with halogen projector headlamps. Inside, the new Honda City has a dark cabin theme and it has a restyled dashboard layout. Honda redesigned the City’s aircon vents as well as the climate control buttons. Almost all of the variants of this subcompact sedan is integrated with an 8-inch infotainment system that has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Honda Philippines is offering the City on four variants: RS CVT, V CVT, S CVT, and S MT. All variants of the new City comes with a 1.5-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC gasoline engine. The said power unit generates 119 hp and 145 Nm of torque. In addition, all Honda City comes with a continuously variable transmission except for the entry-level S variant that has a six-speed manual gearbox.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.