The automaker has confirmed that, in the US at least, a manual-equipped version of its 1.5 litre turbocharged Civic will be available across the range, giving owners a more adrenalin-pumping option than the CVT automatic that many expected would be the sole transmission available for that engine.
Honda North America boss Jeff Conrad confirmed the 1.5 turbo manual at a preview event at the New York Auto Show, where he also confirmed that the production version of the Civic Hatch (which is expected to mostly resemble the concept revealed in Geneva this year) will appear in the third quarter of this year.
A Type R variant will follow, though may not appear until 2018.
For Australia it’s unclear whether a manual-equipped version of the 130kW 1.5 litre turbo (above) will be available, though local Honda chief Stephen Collins has confirmed the 1.5 litre engine for Australia-bound Civics, starting with the Thai-sourced sedan that’s due to arrive mid-year.
Unlike North American Civics, Australian-delivered cars won’t be available with a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated engine, or the two-door coupe bodystyle that was revealed last year. Until the Type R arrives, the only powertrain options here will be a 1.8 atmo petrol or 1.5 turbo petrol.