Honda appears to be on the verge of storming the Chinese B-segment sedan market with two distinct vehicles; in addition to the Honda City that we’re all familiar with – which will be built by the Guangzhou Auto Corporation (GAC) – the company also seems to be in the midst of developing another variant for its other joint venture with Dongfeng, called the Honda Greiz.

Chinese automotive portal autohome.com.cn has bagged these leaked photos of the new car, which features a front end that’s closer in style to the Jazz, with a gloss black “Solid Wing Face” grille bar and chrome trim that runs across the full width of the car. The lower air intake configuration has also been mildly reprofiled, and our chrome reflector headlights are replaced with black projectors.

Elsewhere, there’s a new upswept line that runs across the lower flanks, while the rear features a wider chrome bar, reshaped bumper and larger tail lights that are not unlike those seen on the Civic-sized Crider. A new wheel design, too.


The website quotes a length of 4,495 mm, a width of 1,705 mm and a height of 1,477 mm, with a wheelbase spanning 2,600 mm. If that’s the case, the Greiz will share the City’s height and wheelbase, but will be 10 mm wider and 55 mm longer. Also quoted is an output of 131 hp from a 1.5 litre engine, 13 hp more than our City’s i-VTEC mill of the same displacement. Sales are expected to commence in September.

This, of course, is not the first time Honda will sell two versions of the same car in China – virtually every car in GAC’s range has a Dongfeng counterpart; the Accord and the Spirior, the Civic and the Crider and the Vezel (HR-V) and the XR-V being just a few examples.

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