There has been rumors circling around that our current third-generation Honda Jazz will not be replaced with the recently launched fourth-generation Honda Jazz in Japan. Instead, we will be getting an entirely different car altogether, in the form of Honda City Hatchback.
Patent drawings of the City Hatchback posted by canalcarros have been out in the internet for quite some time now, including a screenshot of the name trademark at Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) by Honda Motors Co. Ltd.
Based on the patent drawings, the new City Hatchback looks sleek and sporty as compared to the Jazz. The front end looks identical to the sedan model launched in Thailand, along with identical window and character lines.
Meanwhile, the obvious change is in the rear that reminds you of W177 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, and that is not a bad thing.
The idea of a hatchback City isn’t new, as a liftback version of the fourth-gen model called the Honda Gienia exists, and is sold in China.
As for engines, the City sedan’s 1.0 litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol unit could be powering the hatchback as well. The engine produces 122 PS and 173 Nm, with drive going to the front wheels via a seven speed continuously variable transmission (CVT).
There’s also a possibility of the Jazz e:HEV’s hybrid powertrain, which utilises a 98 PS and 127 Nm 1.5 litre four-cylinder engine. The electric motor alone generates 109 PS and 253 Nm of torque.
Honda hasn't confirm whether the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) Honda Jazz will be making its arrival here, hence the arrival of City Hatchback seems feasible. However, take this with a pinch of salt. Do you think Honda should bring both the Jazz and City Hatchback, or it is entirely a good idea to replace the Jazz with the new City Hatchback?