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Honda Jazz replaced by Honda City Hatch-back in Indonesia; will this happen in India Too, doubtful ?


The Honda City Hatchback was launched globally in November 2019. Now, this model has been introduced in the Indonesian Market. Available in a sole RS trim, the Honda City hatchback replaces the third-gen Honda Jazz in Indonesia. Interestingly, Indonesia is welcoming the hatchback version of the new City first, before the sedan that's already on sale here in India.


The new Honda City hatchback is powered by a 1.5 litre DOHC i-VTEC naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that can produce 121hp at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of torque. Transmission options are a 6-speed manual / 7-step CVT automatic gearbox. Interestingly, the engine specs and transmission options are the same as that of the Honda City Sedan launched in India. However, there will be no new 1.0 litre VTEC turbo three-cylinder petrol engine, that has been offered in the other overseas markets. The striking features of the hatchback are a blacked-out front grille, shark fin antenna, tailgate spoiler, alloy wheels, side mirror caps, and also a rear diffuser element. Visually, the Hatchback bears a striking resemblance to the City Sedan, except for its rear quarter. The resembling features are the front grille. LED headlamps, LED DRLs, hood, front bumper etc. At the rear quarter, the Honda City Hatchback has a new pair of LED taillamps, a new tailgate, and a bumper. On the interiors, the cabin is similar to the Indian Honda City Sedan. There is a combination of leather/suede and fabric upholstery. There would be also an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with WebLink and Apple CarPlay support, four speakers, automatic air-conditioning, paddle shifters(CVT only), cruise control, and Honda Connect telematics. The interior of the City hatchback is similar to the India-spec City sedan. The City hatchback is replacing the third-gen Honda Jazz in several markets abroad, it is possible that, with the new Honda City Sedan and the updated third-gen Jazz, with upgraded BS6 norms, already there, the new Honda City Hatchback may not be launched in India, very soon.