After Thailand and Indonesia, the 7th gen Honda City hatchback is all set to be introduced in Malaysian market. Honda Malaysia is running teaser campaign on its social handles hinting the imminent arrival of the new City hatchback.
As per the company’s plans, the new City hatchback will be replacing Honda Jazz in the region, so the new City hatchback will now replace the Jazz hatchback in Malaysia. The vehicle will likely get the same set of engines as offered with the 7th gen City sedan in Malaysian market, however official details are yet to be disclosed.
In Thailand, the City hatchback gets 1.0L three-cylinder turbocharged unit delivering 122 hp of power and 173 Nm of torque & comes paired to CVT. On the other hand the City hatchback in Indonesia gets 1.5L four-cylinder engine good for 120hp of power and 141Nm of torque & comes paired to either 6-speed manual or CVT gearbox.
Related: The History of Honda City
In terms of styling the City hatchback maintains its identity from the frontal half and begins to differentiate itself from its sedan sibling as we proceed to move to the rear. The roofline of City hatchback extends into a top-mounted spoiler and a steeper rear window. Like sedan, the City hatchback gets slimmer horizontally oriented tail lamps carrying similar LED light signature, plus there is a rear windshield wiper and off course a redesigned bumper to round off the exterior details.
As for dimensions, the City hatchback is 208mm shorter than the sedan, but stands 21mm taller, though there is no difference in width and wheelbase. Compared to the Jazz, the City hatchback is longer and wider, but stands shorter in height and has 59mm longer wheelbase than the Jazz.
Upon arrival, the new Honda City hatchback will compete against the likes of Toyota Yaris hatchback in Malaysian market, which too comes in sedan (called Vios) as well as hatchback forms.
A 3d animation professional with over 20 years of industry experience having served in leading organizations & production facilities of Pakistan, an avid car enthusiast and petrolhead with an affection to deliver writings to help shape opinions. Formerly written for PakWheels as well as major publications including Dawn. Founder of CarSpiritPK.com