• The hatchback will be limited to Chinese market initially. Pictured: Honda City hatchbackautohome.com.cn
  • The exterior design of the car has been taken inspiration from the Concept B. Pictured: Honda Gieniaautohome.com.cn

Japanese carmaker Honda is reportedly working on a hatchback version of the City sedan. The first set of spy pictures has been leaked online. The City hatchback is reportedly destined for the Chinese market in the initial phase and has been named as Gienia, according to autohome.com.cn.

The launch of the Gienia in the Chinese market is expected this year itself, says the report. The hatchback is based on the Honda City currently sold in India, while it features slight cosmetic changes. The exterior design of the car is inspired from the Concept B design study Honda unveiled at 2014 Beijing Auto Show.

The face of the hatchback gets Honda's 'Solid Wing Face' design wide grille. The thick black coloured grille houses the Honda logo. A chrome strip that starts below headlamps and touches the chin of the bumper adds uniqueness in front design. The projector headlamp unit design is a slightly tweaked version of the Honda City.

The rear largely remains identical to the Honda City till C-pillar. The pictures show a notchback styled rear. The boomerang shaped tail lamps looks modern and is in line with the Honda BR-V's tail lamp. The rear spoiler has been oddly placed at the centre of wind shield. In China, the hatchback is will be powered by a 1.5-litre petrol motor mated to a CVT gearbox.

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