Those who opt for the hatchback model rather than the sedan or coupe will only have one choice in engine, a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit that makes 174 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque in LX, EX and EX-L trims. Sport and Sport Touring versions of the car are granted extra power, up to 180 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. That power boost comes courtesy of a high-flow center-mounted exhaust.
A CVT will be hooked up to the engine as standard, though a six-speed manual will be available on LX, Sport and EX trims. Honda says the car is expected to get 31 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway for a combined 34 mpg with the CVT, putting it 1 mpg behind the Civic Coupe on the highway.
Even more performance will be on tap when the Civic Type R, which will be based on the hatchback, arrives in the U.S. in 2017.
Inside, the Civic Hatchback will be familiar to anyone who has been in a modern Civic, save for the back end. Honda says the car offers 36-inches of rear seat legroom with a total of 122.9 cubic feet of interior space. The brand claims to have the “largest cargo carrying capacity in the competitive set,” but Honda didn’t share any details on this.
Honda’s long list of active safety features is available on the car, including collision mitigation braking, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and more. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available.
The Civic Hatchback will be built at Honda’s plant in Swindon, U.K. Expect pricing released closer to the car’s release in the fall.