Just days after being spung undisguised, Honda has released its first official glimpse of how the 10th generation Civic will look in hatchback form overseas.
Already on sale in Australia as a four-door sedan, the new Civic hatch won’t arrive until the first half of 2017, with a model range that mimics that of the sedan.
For Australian buyers that means VTi and VTi-S models powered by a 104kW/174Nm 1.8 litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, and upscale VTi-L, RS and VTI-LX variants powered by Honda’s 127kW/220Nm Earth Dreams 1.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
Like the sedan the hatch model will be produced in the same Thai factory as the sedan, meaning that due to that facility's streamlined production approach, a manual transmission won’t be offered with a CVT automatic as standard on all variants.
Like the four-door the new hatch will also come standard with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, climate control air conditioning, and cruise control with speed limiter across the range. Top-spec models will include leather trim, a powered driver's seat, satellite navigation, and advanced safety features.
“Like the Civic sedan, the Honda Civic Hatch, will be a very important car in the Honda line-up in Australia,” said Honda Australia Director, Stephen Collins.
“In the small car segment in Australia, hatches reign so we expect the Honda Civic Hatch to be a relevant option for Honda customers looking for the versatility of a hatch but with the proven quality, style and performance of a Honda.”
Although Honda has been sparing with its initial images, we can see that the Civic hatch follows closely in the footsteps of the Civic sedan up front, with only slight detail changes to the bumpers of this overseas model - whether that's the case for Austalia remains to be seen.
At the rear the more obvious change is the addition of a liftback rear end, with taillights that wrap over the top of the tailgate to form a rear window-dividing spoiler.
The five-door Civic is also the model that Honda will base the upcoming Civic Type R hot hatch on, although that car is expected to receive further styling revisions to give it a more aggressive look, with further details to be revealed next year.
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