Indonesia to launch 2021 Honda City Hatchback on 3-March

CY Foong · Mar 1, 2021 10:30 AM

Indonesia to launch 2021 Honda City Hatchback on 3-March 01

The 2021 Perodua Ativa (D55L) will be launched on 3-March 2021 in Malaysia but across the ocean, Honda’s Indonesian distributor, PT Honda Prospect Motor (HPM) is expected to launch the new 2021 Honda City Hatchback on the same day.

Indonesia to launch 2021 Honda City Hatchback on 3-March 02

Thai-spec City Hatchback shown

According to an email sent to Indonesian media, HPM has hinted that a brand-new model will be launched on 3-March 2021 via a virtual event. This comes after last week’s three model launches which include the facelifted Honda Odyssey.

It is of note that HPM hasn’t revealed the name of this new model in its email but Indonesian media is speculating that this could be the City Hatchback.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Honda Indonesia (@hondaisme)

A few days ago, Honda Indonesia’s Instagram page, @hondaisme had uploaded a 10-second video teaser that showed a side silhouette resembling the City Hatchback speeding across the video.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Honda Indonesia (@hondaisme)

That’s not all as the page has also uploaded another teaser which showed the LED headlights of the City Hatchback with the tagline “See You”.

Indonesia to launch 2021 Honda City Hatchback on 3-March 01

Indonesians are expecting the launch of the City Hatchback some time soon ever since the name was leaked on that country’s Samsat website. Samsat is essentially the Indonesian equivalent of our Road Transport Department (JPJ).

Indonesia to launch 2021 Honda City Hatchback on 3-March 02

Better looking than the Toyota Yaris?

The all-new Honda City sedan has yet to be launched in the archipelago and HPM’s decision to launch the City Hatchback ahead of its sedan counterpart is due to the country’s favourable tax laws on hatchbacks.

Indonesia to launch 2021 Honda City Hatchback on 3-March 03

1.0-litre mill as seen in the Thai-spec City Hatchback

The City Hatchback was first unveiled in Thailand back in November 2020 and will replace the Honda Jazz in many markets in ASEAN, including Malaysia. While the Thai-spec City Hatchback is powered by a 1.0-litre DOHC VTEC turbo engine, the Indonesian-spec City Hatchback is expected to be powered by a 1.5-litre powertrain that is used in our City sedan.

Honda City 1.5L specifications
Engine 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC
Power 121 PS @ 6,600 rpm
Torque 145 Nm @ 4,300 rpm
Top speed 196 km/h

Indonesia to launch 2021 Honda City Hatchback on 3-March 04

The 1.5-litre DOHC engine as seen in the City sedan

The larger mill is also expected to be powering the local-spec City Hatchback. Due to the fact that the Malaysian-spec model will be assembled locally, it will take a little while longer for its launch here.

CY Foong

Writer

Traded advertising for a career that fits his passion for cars. Enjoys spotting cars during his free time and has a soft spot for Japanese Kei cars but drives a thirsty manual sedan.

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