Honda Jazz is the only hatchback that the Japanese carmaker sells in India but the recently-launched City Hatchback could be an interesting addition to its portfolio since the premium hatchback segment is expanding in the country.Based on the City sedan, the City Hatchback could increase the popularity of this brand due to its styling, quality and features.
The City Hatchback is a shortened version of the sedan and is actually longer than the Honda Jazz. It is 4,345mm long and 1,748mm wide.In terms of design, it is similar to the new-generation City sedan on the front but the rear gets a new look courtesy a sloping roofline, new tail lamps, and a roof-mounted spoiler. It looks well-proportioned and attractive.
In Thailand, the City Hatchback gets a 1.0-liter turbo petrol engine that develops 120hp/172Nm – identical to the new-generation Hyundai i20 Turbo.Hence, we think this engine makes sense for India as well, along with the 1.2-liter petrol motor which is available in the Jazz. However, a diesel engine option is unlikely.
Transmission options include a CVT automatic and a 6-speed manual gearbox.Absolutely! The City Hatchback is the perfect rival to the likes of the new i20 especially since the Jazz has not set the sales charts on fire.The City brand has a large fan-following and that strengthens its prospects in India. However, Honda will have to price it well and reduce the length to fall under the sub-4m taxation bracket.