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Honda PH launches refreshed City Hatchback

The lone RS variant now gets Honda Sensing (and then some)

Don’t fix what’s not broken. This was probably what Honda had in mind when updating this car. PHOTO BY RED SANTIAGO

A few months ago, we shared the upgrades made on the Thai-spec Honda City Hatchback. We also told you that it was just a matter of time before Honda Cars Philippines brings the new-look model here in the country. Well, that time has come.

Today, HCPI officially launched the new City Hatchback at the Bonifacio High Street Activity Center. So, what has changed, and what makes this new hatch better?

The protruding lower air intake makes the front end look more aggressive. PHOTOS BY RED SANTIAGO

Let’s start with the obvious. First, a new and bigger honeycomb grille up front. Along with it is a redesigned bumper where a new lower air intake can be found. The latter protrudes a little bit more, while new-design air dams can be found at both ends.

This bumps the car’s overall length by 20mm to 4,369mm. Along with other changes, the car is now 2kg heavier at 1,143kg. Minimal changes were done on the sides, like a new set of 16-inch Berlina Black alloy wheels. It also comes with side skirts, accentuating the sporty nature of the RS variant.

New wheels and side skirts make the City Hatchback look sportier. PHOTOS BY RED SANTIAGO

The rear end looks largely the same, save for a more aggressively styled faux diffuser on the lower part of the bumper.

A new color, Sonic Gray Pearl, adds to the list of available finishes: Ignite Red Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, Meteoroid Gray Metallic, and Brilliant Sporty Blue Metallic.

A new diffuser makes the rear end look better. PHOTOS BY RED SANTIAGO

Minimal changes can also be found inside. While the gauge cluster looks largely the same as the outgoing model’s, the new one features a 4.2-inch TFT display. You can also notice that the rearview mirror has a bigger base housing several sensors and cameras.

The only noticeable difference inside is the bigger 4.2-inch TFT screen on the instrument cluster. PHOTOS BY RED SANTIAGO

Speaking of sensors, aside from the added walk-away auto door lock feature, the biggest update that the City Hatchback gets is the Honda Sensing suite of advanced driver-assist systems. This includes adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking system, lane-keep assist, road departure mitigation, lane-departure warning, auto high beam, and lead-car departure notification.

The Honda Sensing suite of ADAS features has made its way to the City Hatchback. PHOTOS BY RED SANTIAGO

Powering the car is the same 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine making 119hp and 145Nm of torque. This is paired exclusively with the same continuously variable transmission.

A 1.5-liter engine with a CVT is the lone powertrain option here. PHOTOS BY RED SANTIAGO

The new Honda City Hatchback retails for P1,189,000, and is available at all Honda dealerships nationwide.

The new City Hatchback is one good-looking car. PHOTOS BY RED SANTIAGO

It would have been nice to get the powertrain options that our Thai friends got—especially the e:HEV version—since we source our units from Thailand. We can only hope that HCPI makes this possible soon.

Red Santiago

A jack of all trades, Red is passionate about cars, motorcycles and audio. He sometimes drives for a ride-hailing app company—just because he really loves driving.