Honda City Hatchback hybrid now in Thailand, just RM3k cheaper than a Civic 1.8

The line-up of the Honda City has finally completed in the Kingdom of Thailand. Originally just the sedan body type, the latest generation ‘GN’ Honda City is also now available in a hatchback.

Before the hatch arrived, the City models in Thailand were only offered with one powertrain – a newly developed turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine paired with a CVT. The sedan received its hybrid power unit late last year and now, the unique dual-motor and petrol engine setup is available on the hatchback model as well.

On the exterior, the City Hatchback e:Hev is only available in the RS trim, featuring sportier bumper profiles and gloss black highlights on the side mirrors, front grille, rear spoiler, and 16-inch rims.

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The City Hatchback e:Hev is available with the special Brilliant Sporty Blue paintwork that was introduced with the facelift Civic in late 2018.

Key exterior features include automatic on/off LED headlamps with auto high-beam function, DRLs, remote engine start, walk-away auto door lock, rear disc brakes with electronic parking brake with auto-hold function and LED taillamps with L-lighting signature.

Under the bonnet is the latest Sport Hybrid i-MMD power unit consisting of a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated Atkinson-cycle engine and paired with two electric motor-generators. The combined system output is 109 hp and 253 Nm of torque. In this unique setup, the engine functions as a generator to the lithium-ion battery and only connects to the front wheels at speeds above 80 km/h.

At low speeds, the City Hatchback e:Hev drives like an EV as the motors will provide propulsion. While this setup sounds like a step up in fuel reduction, the consumption is rated at 3.7 litres per 100 km; just 0.6 litres lower than the turbocharged 1.0-litre triple.

Similar to the City e:Hev available in Malaysia, drivers can adjust the brake regeneration strength via steering wheel paddles.

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Inside, the users will find the familiar RS items such as red-on-black mixed material front seats, metallic foot pedals, automatic air-conditioning with rear duct, 8-speaker audio system with an 8-inch infotainment system, ULTRA folding rear seats and a variant-exclusive hybrid instrument cluster with a seven-inch TFT screen.

Like the City sedan e:Hev, the hatchback e:Hev variant will also come fitted with the Honda Sensing suite. The advanced driving assistance suite encompasses autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist system and lane departure warning and prevention.

Priced at THB849,000 (approx. RM113,200), the hybrid powertrain commands a THB100,000 (approx. RM13,300) premium over the regular RS variant fitted with a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine.

The City Hatchback e:Hev RS is also THB10,000 (RM1,330) pricier than the City sedan e:Hev RS sibling, making the model the highest priced variant in the total Honda City line-up. The next vehicle up the price ladder is the entry Honda Civic 1.8 at THB874,000 (RM116,500), a similar pattern seen with the City Hybrid and Civic 1.8 in Malaysia.

However, unlike Malaysia, where the Honda City-Jazz and Toyota Vios-Yaris see the hatchback models priced cheaper, the opposite is practised in the Kingdom.

In Malaysia, the City RS e:Hev sedan is priced at RM105,951. While the City hatchback isn’t available in Malaysia yet, the Honda Jazz is priced in a range from RM72,512 to RM84,956, with the short-lived Jazz Hybrid available from RM75,000.


Honda City Hatchback e:Hev RS

Honda City Hatchback 1.0 VTEC Turbo


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