2017 Honda Civic hatch spied
The next-generation Honda Civic hatchback has been spotted out during testing in the European Alps.
These latest photos seem to be of entry- or mid-level variants in the tenth-generation Civic hatchback range, and the new five-door seems to use the same front-end as the just-launched-in-Australia sedan with LED headlights flanking a winged chrome grille.
At the rear, the tenth-generation Civic hatch has a much shorter overhang than its sedan sibling. Stylistically it will be similar to the concept car that was revealed at this year’s Geneva motor show, with large LED tail-lights that blend into the car’s rear spoiler.
In February, a prototype of a higher spec model, possibly a warm hatch variant, was spotted with twin central exhaust tips, larger alloy wheels, and a sports body kit.
Last year, the development versions of the new Civic Type R were seen on the Nurburgring. To accompany the 231kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the new Type R has an aggressive body kit, a tall rear spoiler, flared wheel arches and a three-outlet exhaust system.
Bread and butter versions of the hatch will be powered by turbocharged 95kW/200Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder and 150kW/260Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engines. A diesel option will also be offered in Europe and other markets.
The new Civic hatch is expected to make its in-the-flesh debut at the 2016 Paris motor show, which takes place at the beginning of October.
Produced exclusively at the Honda’s factory in Swindon, UK, the new five-door has been confirmed for Australia, but timing has yet to be confirmed.
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