2017 Honda Civic Hatchback previewed by Geneva Motor Show prototype

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback prototype, 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Honda’s 10th-generation Civic has been a huge success, with the car even taking out the prestigious 2016 North American Car of the Year award. But the show isn’t over yet as Honda is planning another, much more practical bodystyle for the range. We’re talking about the new Civic Hatchback, which is set to join its sedan and coupe counterparts early next year.

At this week’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show, Honda is previewing the vehicle with a thinly-veiled concept version. The concept, referred to as a “prototype” by Honda, showcases the exterior design of the five-door hatchback albeit in a somewhat sporty form. It’s clear Honda has ditched the tallish design of more recent Civic hatchbacks in favor of a low-slung design with a longer wheelbase and wider proportions.

Honda says this design maximizes interior space while also reflecting the sportier and more engaging drive that the new Civic’s platform enables.

2018 Honda Civic Type R spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

But beyond the sporty proportions, it’s possible the distinct elements of the design such as the aggressive front bumper, center-mounted exhaust tips and oversized wheels reflect the look pegged for the new generation of the Civic Type R—the one that will be sold in the United States.

Prototypes for the new Civic Type R have already been spotted. The engine in the Civic Type R is expected to be a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with as much as 305 horsepower on tap. Regular Civic Hatchbacks should come with the 158-hp 2.0-liter four and 174-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter four already offered in the Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe.

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