2017 Honda Civic Hatchback test mule spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Honda recently revealed its all-new, 10th-generation Civic, but so far only in the car’s sedan bodystyle. There’s still a new Civic Coupe waiting in the wings and this time around we’ll also see a Civic Hatchback offered.
It was previously thought the hatch would simply be the Civic Hatchback currently sold overseas, as Honda confirmed earlier in the year that we’ll be getting the hatch from the plant in the United Kingdom responsible for the current Civic Hatchback.
However, Honda confirmed this week that a next-generation Civic Hatchback, one sharing the global platform developed for the 10th-generation Civic, will be introduced in Europe in early 2017, and it’s almost certain this is the version we’ll see in local showrooms. It will still be sourced from the U.K. plant, but it will be a next-generation design completely unrelated to the current Civic Hatchback.
Our spy shots show a test mule for the vehicle, which means the sheet metal you see here is not an indication of the final design (in fact, the makeshift body combines elements from the current Civic hatch as well as Acura‘s ILX). The car should feature the same interior design and mechanicals as the Civic sedan, which means powertrains will include turbocharged 1.5- and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines. There will also be a new Civic Type R variant, a test mule for which has also been spotted.
We should see the new Civic Hatchback unveiled sometime in 2016, as a 2017 model.