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’s first hatchback image is limited to a rear three-quarter shot, the hatch is expected to use the same front-end styling as the sedan, with some possible small detail changes.
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.