Honda has unveiled the hatchback version of the best seller City sedan in Thailand. The cute and trendy looking City Hatch is based on the same platform as the latest generation City that currently sells in India.
We would love to have the Honda City Hatch here in India and are more than sure it would sell well and has loads of potential, hope Honda officials are reading this.
In terms of dimensions the Honda City Hatch stands at 4,349mm in length, 1,748mm in width and 1,488mm in height and has a 2,589mm long wheelbase. In comparison to the current gen Honda Jazz, the City hatch is 314mm longer, 53mm wider and has a 59mm longer wheelbase which speaks of its interior space and its road presence.
Also the City Hatch shares mostly all the body panels till the C-pillar with the City sedan which should also be a good reason that Honda should consider it for the Indian market.
In terms of exteriors as mentioned the front and side profiles are identical to the City sedan while the rear features stylish looking horizontally placed tail lights, short over hang with a rounded boot lid. Also included in the styling of the rear profile is the vertically placed faux air vents and a contrasting rear diffuser along with a very well designed rear bumper. The City Hatch looks very well proportioned and oozes tons of road presence.
The images released by Honda Thailand of the City Hatch features the sports version that is called as the RS Turbo trim which gets blacked out grille fused with dark chrome finish. Also seen are 16 inched sports alloys adding to the glam factor.
On the inside the Honda City Hatch comes with similar cabin styling like the City Sedan, again using the same parts bin which should give one more reason for Honda to get it here. What is extra on the Hatch version of the City is the 40:60 folding rear seats which would increase the boot space when needed.
Powering the Honda City Hatch is the 1.0-litre VTEC turbocharged engine that produces 122 PS of power and has a peak torque of 173 Nm that mated to a 6-speed manual or a CVT Automatic transmission option. For the pricing Honda City Hatch sells at 59999 Thai Bhat which roughly converts to Rs. 14.50 Lakh.
If Honda launches the City Hatch here in India it will directly compete with the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross to a large extent and then we would have to see if they continue to sell the Jazz or not. But for now we are keeping our fingers crossed hoping that the friendly blokes at Honda Cars India do the magic and get the gorgeously sporty looking City Hatch here. Time to get be wishful!