LHD 2021 Honda City Hatchback to launch in the Philippines this year

Sanjay · Mar 1, 2021 01:50 PM

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After making its global debut in Thailand in 2020 and slated to enter Indonesia in a couple of days, the 2021 Honda City Hatchback is also bound to enter the Philippines sometime this year. 

Left-hand drive (LHD) City Hatch

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Sonic Grey Pearl is a colour we desperately want

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) president Masahiko Nakamura confirmed the news in a recent interview with Philippines media.

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The City Hatchback will be sold alongside the Honda City Sedan in the Philippines - an arrangement we'll follow, since the City Hatchback replaces the Honda Jazz in ASEAN markets.

Also read: Malaysia confirmed to end Honda Jazz with City Hatchback – wise move or foolish?

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But that doesn't mean it's any less practical 

The PH-spec City Hatchback is expected to feature the same engine as their City Sedan - a naturally-aspirated 1.5-litre four-cylinder DOHC petrol engine.

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Pretty much the same interior as the sedan

It's a different engine than the 1.0-litre, turbocharged mill offered in Thailand. Here's how they compare:

Honda City HB TH vs PH specs
Thai-spec

1.0-litre, turbocharged three-cylinder

122 PS, 173 Nm

CVT

Philippines-spec

1.5-litre, naturally-aspirated four-cylinder

121 PS, 145 Nm

CVT

But this difference is expected - Thailand has to comply to stringent EcoCar rules, which other markets don't exactly mirror.

Coming to Malaysia too

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What do you think of the design?

If you've been following our posts, you'll be aware that the City Hatchback will most likely be Honda Malaysia's biggest launch here this year, coming alongside several other models including the facelifted 2021 Honda Odyssey.

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The question remains then is when? Signs point towards late-2021, after taking into account lead-times for local production (CKD).

Also read: Malaysia-bound 2021 Honda City Hatchback - All your questions answered

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Specs should pretty much mirror our City Sedan - same 1.5-litre engine as mentioned above, and possibly even the i-MMD powertrain that's on our as-yet-unpriced City RS. 

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