The all new Honda City made its debut in Thailand in November 2019 and is about to make its Indian and Malaysian market debuts where camouflaged test mules are already undergoing extensive trial & testing.
Now Honda will be introducing a hatchback version of the new City as well, as its patent drawings have appeared on the internet. Though this will be the first time the City will get a hatchback version in its lineup ever since it was resurrected in the mid 90s, not to mention the initial two generations were hatchbacks only. Honda do have the Gienia in China which is a notchback version of the 6th gen City (Greiz) made by Dongfeng Motor Corporation (DMC), however it will be the first time the City hatchback will be offered for international markets.
As evident from the patent drawings, the City hatchback will retain its looks identical to its sedan sibling with similar front-end and side profile. The obvious difference is noticeable from the C-pillar which sees the roofline extend into a top-mounted spoiler and a rakish rear window. Like sedan, the City hatchback gets slimmer horizontally oriented tail lamps carrying similar light signature, plus there is a rear windshield wiper and off course a redesigned bumper.
The 2020 Honda City sedan measures 4,553 mm long, 1,748 mm wide, 1,467 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,589 mm. There is no information on the dimensions of the City hatchback however while it is obviously going to be slightly smaller, it will ride on the same 2,589 mm wheelbase.
As for engines, the sedan’s 1.0 liter three cylinder turbocharged engine with 7-speed CVT will likely be available with the hatchback too, plus there is a possibility that the latest Jazz hybrid’s e:HEV powertrain, which consists of a 1.5 liter four-cylinder petrol engine, two electric motors and a single fixed-gear ratio could also make its way to the City hatchback.
It is unclear at this stage as to which markets will be receiving the 2020 Honda City hatchback however it is expected to officially break covers later this year. Stay tuned to CarSpiritPK for more information.