2021 Honda City Hatchback Malaysia specs revealed – new red, grey exterior colours; Ultra Seats, Sensing

2021 Honda City Hatchback Malaysia specs revealed – new red, grey exterior colours; Ultra Seats, Sensing

Honda Malaysia has just held a preview of the upcoming City Hatchback at the Sepang International Circuit, giving us a first glimpse of the Jazz replacement ahead of launch. Just two variants were shown to the press (the V and RS e:HEV), so we’ll have to save the S and E variants for later.

Let’s kick things off with the new stuff, starting with exterior colours. The hatch looks to be donning the new Ignite Red Metallic, which is a slightly deeper red compared to Passion Red Pearl that is currently on offer.

There’s also a new shade of grey that appears much darker compared to the existing Modern Steel Metallic, and a quick check on Honda Thailand’s website reveals that the paint is called Meteoroid Grey Metallic. This would be a first for Honda cars in Malaysia, though it remains to be seen if the colour will be extended to other CKD models as well.

2021 Honda City Hatchback Malaysia specs revealed – new red, grey exterior colours; Ultra Seats, Sensing

According to the company, the hatch has a slight increase in torsional rigidity compared to the sedan, and more sound deadening materials (including under-bonnet insulation) have been used to improve NVH levels. The rear wheel wells remain bare, but we were told that the cars on display were pre-production units, so this may or may not change at launch.

For the RS, the facial treatment is identical to its sedan counterpart, so it gets full LED headlights, LED fog lights, gloss black Solid Wing grille with honeycomb inserts, faux carbon-fibre front lip, black side mirror caps, blue-accented Honda logo, as well as RS badges front and rear.

There’s also a single LED used for the rear license plate number, which is an upgrade from the sedan. The RS is the only variant to get the chunky split rear diffuser with carbon print, while vertical reflectors and LED combination tail lights are standard issue.

Both the V and RS ride on 16-inch wheels that are identical in design to their respective sedan siblings, and the factory tyres are the same Toyo Proxes R57. To differentiate the hatch a bit further, the lower grille insert on the City Hatchback V gets the same honeycomb treatment as the RS, whereas the sedan wears the more conventional twin louvred version.

For the interior, Honda Malaysia is only permitting us to reveal three features, starting with the eight-inch touchscreen display. This is of course identical to the sedan, so it should support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (wired connection), and it could also be hooked up to the same eight-speaker sound system.

The second feature would be the rear air vents, which again, are exactly the same ones found in the sedan. The final and arguably the feature that makes the City Hatchback unique is Ultra Seats. This function is essentially carried over from the Jazz, and offers four flexible seating arrangements – Refresh, Long, Tall and Utility modes. If you’re looking for a practical hatch, this one is hard to beat.

Mechanically, the hatch is identical to the sedan, so the 1.5 litre DOHC i-VTEC mill delivers 121 PS and 145 Nm of torque, making it among the most powerful in its segment. A CVT drives the front wheels. Meanwhile, the RS e:HEV gets Honda’s complex i-MMD hybrid system, which offers 109 PS and 253 Nm of torque. Click here to learn all about how the hybrid system works in our in-depth review.

Now, Honda Sensing seems to be reserved only for the top RS e:HEV variant, offering the same seven functions as the sedan. There’s adaptive cruise control (without low speed follow), collision mitigation braking system (AEB, front only), forward collision warning, lane keep assist system, road departure mitigation, lane departure warning, and auto high beam. The V model on show did not seem to be equipped with Sensing, so it remains to be seen if there will be a V Sensing variant.

Size-wise, the hatch measures 4,345 mm long (4,349 mm with RS bumpers; 208 mm shorter than the sedan), 1,488 mm tall (+21 mm), 1,748 mm wide and has a wheelbase of 2,589 mm. Compared to the outgoing Jazz, the City Hatch is longer and wider, but less tall. The Jazz’s wheelbase is 59 mm shorter. Not long till the launch now, so watch this space! In the meantime, what do you think of the car so far?

GALLERY: 2021 Honda City Hatchback RS e:HEV and V previewed at Sepang Circuit

GALLERY: 2021 Honda City Hatchback Press Photos

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Comments

  • Savon on Nov 17, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Honda Sensing only for RS?

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  • Interior needs to improve, looks a bit mess

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  • GenY AEB on Nov 17, 2021 at 7:40 am

    This compact hatchback need AEB, very dangerous
    Better top up to get RS spec.

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  • Ataata on Nov 17, 2021 at 7:46 am

    Is the 2nd row seats inclinable like Myvi?

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    • 2nd row seats are Ultraseat which can fold down flat. Can Myvi do that?

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      • Ataata on Nov 17, 2021 at 8:42 pm

        Need space better for grocer buy BR-V. 2 ppl go camping not enough fun.

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      • Jake7206 on Nov 17, 2021 at 10:42 pm

        No, but Myvi can fly and fold that City hatch flat. Oh wait..

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  • tatu880 on Nov 17, 2021 at 8:24 am

    Please please please Honda Malaysia bring in the Sonic Grey Pearl colour like Thailand gets.

    Similarly we miss out on the beautiful Brilliant Sporty Blue metallic Honda Civic that Thais get too!

    Sadly the current Honda Malaysia colour range is sad and dull. Everything silver, white, black…

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  • Is this the same greay colour as this hr-v?

    hybrid rs hatchback looks like a fun drive

    https://paultan.org/2021/11/05/2022-honda-hr-v-in-thailand-ehev-rs/2022-honda-hr-v-ehev-rs-thailand-28/

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  • Overall looking is dull

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  • Dwayne on Nov 17, 2021 at 9:30 am

    I have no idea how a compact hatchback 253Nm but pickup not even 7s with small Tyre.
    Maybe horsepower not enough even to reach 100km/h..

    Subaru BR-Z 212Nm 7.2s to 100km/h

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    • U need to read back. 253nm reserve for e:hev. 109ps only.
      While 1.5NA 145nm .. 121ps.

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  • hmmmmm on Nov 17, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Another City..another RM100K..another fat profit..malaysian need to pay for safety. maybe people’s safety is not important to honda unless more profit

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  • Haiya on Nov 17, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Design wise, looks like the Proton Sawi!

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  • rider on Nov 17, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Honda City Suprima

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  • Truth on Nov 17, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    proton suprima clone?

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  • Mingkeong Yeap on Nov 17, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    Official launching date and available for viewing????

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  • Too plain and boring

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  • A 6 speed manual variant will be great for this car

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  • truth on Nov 17, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    Proton Suprima’s clone ?

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  • rogaz on Dec 02, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Honda still powerful compare to Nissan and Mitsubishi that been bought by Renault. Ha ha

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