2016 Honda Civic Liftback Spy Shots

2016 Honda Civic Liftback spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

Honda’s all-new, 10th-generation Civic is just around the corner, and this time around we’ll be seeing more than just sedan and coupe versions. Honda has confirmed that the Civic Hatchback sold overseas will be part of the U.S. lineup, including the car’s potent Type R variant, but there could be yet another bodystyle in the works: a five-door liftback. Honda has sold liftback versions of the Civic in the past, and based on our latest spy shots of a 10th-generation Civic test mule it appears a new one is coming.

Engineers are using the makeshift body of the mechanically-similar Acura ILX to disguise the mule but we can see a rear hatch as well as tail-lights that resemble the units on the recent Civic Concept, which previews the new Civic. The test mule is also a bit shorter than the ILX whose body it is using, and at the front the wheelbase is slightly wider too.

Honda may be introducing a new Civic liftback to appease fans of the larger Crosstour, another liftback model that bows out of the market after the current model year. However, this mule was spotted testing in Europe and may end up being reserved for markets outside the U.S. Development of sedan and coupe versions of the new Civic are taking place primarily in the U.S.

Honda Civic Concept, 2015 New York Auto Show

Honda Civic Concept, 2015 New York Auto Show

Honda Civic Concept, 2015 New York Auto Show

As previously reported, the standard powertrain in the new Civic range will be a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine with VTEC variable valve timing. The engine will be mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or CVT. For performance fans, there will be the familiar Si variant as well as the aforementioned Type R hot hatch.

As for styling, the aforementioned Civic Concept as well as leaked patent drawings of the sedan and coupe hint at what’s to come.

The new Civic range is being introduced for the 2016 model year. It’s likely this liftback version will arrive after the launch of the sedan and coupe.

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